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Author: Dorling Kindersley Limited.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : DK Pub., 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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With a biodome-by-biodome structure that mirrors Mother Nature's own design, "Earth Matters" is a celebration of the planet, a warning to protect it, and an inspiring sourcebook full of ideas for making a positive change. Reference pages make up the first part of each section, with maps showing the extent of the biome, and spreads on climate, natural history, and ecology explaining how the biome works. Subsequent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literature
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dorling Kindersley Limited.
ISBN: 9780756634353 0756634350
OCLC Number: 191882025
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2009.
Description: 256 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
Contents: What is the universe? --
Just right for life --
Life begins --
Story of life --
Changing world --
Our crowded world --
Our atmosphere and the greenhouse effect --
Carbon cycle --
Global warming --
Search for energy ---
Water of life --
High-waste society --
Sustainable life --
Ecosystems and biomes --
Polar regions: Where on earth? --
High Arctic --
Melting Arctic --
Polar bear --
Tundra ecosystem --
Warming tundra --
Caribou --
Antarctic ecosystem --
Treatened Antarctica --
Emperor penguins --
Making difference --
Temperate Forests: Where on Earth? --
Boreal ecosystem --
Dying forest --
Temperate rain forest ecosystem --
Forest and sea --
Deciduous ecosystem --
Fallen forests --
Coming together --
Logging --
Mediterranean scrub ecosystem --
Giant panda --
Making a difference --
Deserts: Where on Earth? --
Desert basics --
Hot desert ecosystem --
Desert destruction --
Saguaro cactus --
Cold desert ecosystem --
Bactrian camel --
Las Vegas desert city --
Dried up and deserted --
Sand in the city --
Making a difference --
Grasslands: Where on Earth? --
Prairie ecosystem --
Prairies under pressure --
Super grass --
Savanna ecosystem --
Struggling savannas --
Wildebeest --
Farmland ecosystem --
Aggressive agriculture --
Controversial crops --
Making a difference --
Tropical forests: Where on Earth? --
Lowland rain forest ecosystem --
Vanishing rain forest --
Orangutan --
Cloud forest ecosystem --
Trouble in the clouds --
Golden toad --
Tropical dry forest --
Disappearing dry forests --
Aye-aye --
Making a difference --
Mountains: Where on Earth? --
Mountain ecosystem --
Shrinking mountain --
Snow leopard --
Highland ecosystem --
Highlands in danger --
Fragile roof of Africa --
Mountain valleys --
Mountain valleys under threat --
Making a difference --
Freshwater: Where on Earth? --
Rivers and streams ecosystem --
Threatened rivers --
European beaver --
Lakes and ponds ecosystem --
Losing lakes --
Dragonfly --
Swamps and bogs ecosystem --
From wet to dry --
Everglades --
Making a difference --
Oceans: Where on Earth? --
Ocean ecosystem --
Using the ocean --
Coastal ecosystem --
Crumbling coast --
Turtle vs tourist --
Seabed ecosystem --
Seabed destruction --
Coral reef ecosystem --
Dying coral --
Open ocean ecosystem --
Threatened ocean --
Shark finning --
Who caught all the fish? --
Making a difference --
Helping the Earth: Living with change --
Renewable energy --
Using energy well --
Making a difference.
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With a biodome-by-biodome structure that mirrors Mother Nature's own design, "Earth Matters" is a celebration of the planet, a warning to protect it, and an inspiring sourcebook full of ideas for making a positive change. Reference pages make up the first part of each section, with maps showing the extent of the biome, and spreads on climate, natural history, and ecology explaining how the biome works. Subsequent spreads explore the threats arising from human activity and show how positive efforts can often overcome the threats and preserve the biome.

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