Earth Matters, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 075668921X
  • ISBN-13: 9780756689216
  • DDC: 550
  • Grade Level Range: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released November 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Overview

With a biome-by-biome structure that mirrors Mother Nature's own design, Our EARTH MATTERS is a celebration of our fragile Earth, a warning to protect it, and an inspiring source book full of ideas for making a positive change. The book begins with a brief history of our planet's birth and development, revealing how an astonishingly unlikely series of accidents made Earth the only planet in the universe known to be suitable for life. As life flourished and spread, it changed the planet and created the "biosphere."

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Foreword.
One Person Can Make all the Difference....
1: Introduction.
2: What is the Universe?.
3: Just Right for Life.
4: Life Begins.
5: The Story of Life.
6: A Changing World.
7: Our Crowded World.
8: Our Atmosphere and the Greenhouse Effect.
9: The Carbon Cycle.
10: Global Warming.
11: The Search for Enegery.
12: Water of Life.
13: High-Waste Society.
14: Sustainable Life.
15: Ecosystems and Biomes.
16: Polar Regions.
17: Where on Earth...?.
18: The High Arctic.
19: Meltiing Arctic.
20: The Polor Bear.
21: Tundra Ecosystem.
22: Warming Tundra.
23: The Caribou.
24: Antarctic Ecosystem.
25: Threatened Antarctica.
26: Emperor Penguins.
27: Making a Difference.
28: Temperate Forests.
29: Where on Earth...?.
30: Boreal Ecosystem.
31: Dying Forest.
32: Temperate Rain Forest Ecosystem.
33: Forest and Sea.
34: Deciduous Ecosystem.
35: Fallen Forest.
36: Coming Together.
37: Logging.
38: Mediterranean Scrub Ecosystem.
39: The Giant Panda.
40: Making a Difference.
41: Deserts.
42: Where on Earth...?.
43: Desert Basics.
44: Hot Desert Ecosystem.
45: Desert Destruction.
46: The Saguaro Cactus.
47: Cold Desert Ecosystem.
48: The Bactrian Camel.
49: Las Vegas Desert City.
50: Dried Up and Deserted.
51: Sand in the City.
52: Making a Difference.
53: Grasslands.
54: Where on Earth...?.
55: Prairie Ecosystem.
56: Prairies Under Pressure.
57: Super Grass.
58: Savana Ecosystem.
59: Struggling Savannas.
60: The Willdebeest.
61: Farmland Ecosystem.
62: Aggressive Agriculture.
63: Controversial Crops.
64: Making a Difference.
65: Tropical Forests.
66: Where on Earth...?.
67: Lowland Rain Forest Ecosystem.
68: Vanishing Rain Forest.
69: The Orangutan.
70: Colud Forest Ecosystem.
71: Trouble in the Clouds.
72: The Golden Toad.
73: Tropical Dry Forest.
74: Disappearing Dry Forests.
75: The Aye-Aye.
76: Making a Difference.
77: Mountains.
78: Where on Earth...?.
79: Mountain Ecosystem.
80: The Shrinking Mountain.
81: The Snow Leopard.
82: Highland Ecosystem.
83: Highlands in Danger.
84: Fragile Roof of Africa.
85: Mountain Valleys.
86: Mountain Valleys Under Threat.
87: Making a Difference.
88: Freshwater.
89: Where on Earth...?.
90: Rivers and Streams Ecosystem.
91: Threatened Rivers.
92: The European Beaver.
93: Lakes and Ponds Ecosystem.
94: Losing Lakes.
95: The Dragonfly.
96: Swamps and Bogs Ecosystem.
97: From Wet to Dry.
98: The Everglades.
99: Making a Difference.
100: Oceans.
101: Where on Earth...?.
102: Ocean Ecosystem.
103: Using the Ocean.
104: Coastal Ecosystem.
105: Crumbling Coast.
106: Turtle vs Tourist.
107: Seabed Ecosystem.
108: Seabed Destrution.
109: Coral Reef Ecosystem.
110: Dying Coral.
111: The Open Ocean Ecosystem.
112: Threatened Ocean.
113: Shark Finning.
114: Who Caught all the Fish?.
115: Making a Difference.
116: Helping the Earth.
117: Living with Change.
118: Renewable Energy.
119: Using Energy Well.
120: Making a Difference.
Index.
Acknowledgments.