Deserts may seem like harsh, uninhabitable places, but actually they support a diverse quantity of plant and animal life. And, they aren't always hot! Deserts serve an important role in Earth's existence, too. Readers learn about hot and cold deserts alike, as well as semi-arid and coastal deserts. From the Horned Lizard to the Saguaro cactus rooted in rich soil, the desert biome will amaze readers.
Oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth's surface, providing students with a variety of plant and animal life to learn about. An ocean biome includes the saltwater below the waves and everything on, above, and near the surface. Students will also learn about the beach, tides, cliffs, bays, coastlines, coral reefs, and tide pools.
Most of the Earth's changes happen over millions of years, but earthquakes can force significant changes to the land in just a few moments. Readers will learn the science of plate tectonics and its role in the development of earthquakes around the globe. They will also learn that not all rocks are created equal. In fact, rocks are all different ages! This book concludes with images of the damage and destruction that earthquakes can cause.
Images of an erupting volcano can be mesmerizing. Readers may be surprised to learn that volcanoes erupt every day. Some erupt constantly, while others lie dormant for years or even centuries. Through engaging text and brilliant photos, readers learn what happens beneath the Earth to cause a volcanic eruption and the different structures beneath the Earth that cause new land to form.
Readers learn all about tropical and temperate rainforests and the differences between these two unique biomes. Rainforests are filled with wonder and mystery, from the tall trees in the canopy to the dark and damp leaves on the forest floor. The plants and animals that inhabit these rainforests are varied and exotic. They depend on the rainforest, as does the rest of the world.
A forest is unlike any other biome on Earth. There are many life cycles found within a forest. Learn about the energy pyramid that explains the numbers of forest plants and animals. Learn about threats to these lively forests and how they thrive and survive!
A pond may seem quiet and subdued, but this unique ecosystem is filled with active life cycles. Students learn what distinguishes a pond from other bodies of water, the plant and animal life within it, and how their life cycles contribute to the pond itself.