The Florida Everglades are located in the most southern part of Florida where the peninsula breaks off into thousands of tiny mangrove islands. This beautiful area, known by the Native Americans as the "grassy river" is made up of marshy swamp lands, mangrove clusters, and pine forests. It is home to a variety of both plant and animal species. The blue heron, alligator, manatee, flamingo, and bobcat all make this place their home. As a national park, the Everglades' natural beauty has been preserved so that it can be around for future generations.
Drive to the northern corner of Montana and you'll discover a national park filled with soaring mountain peaks, sparkling teal-blue lakes, more than 2,000 plant species, and hundreds of animal species. Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the country and has been a world biosphere reserve since 1974. But the glaciers are in trouble from global warming. Scientists estimate that all the glaciers in the park will be gone by the year 2030. Find out what people are doing to help preserve this national treasure.
Come away to Australia! It is here that you'll meet the shark at the top of the ocean's food chain. You'll also get to see koalas napping in trees, kangaroos running through the Outback, and birds that dive at the heads of bike riders. Visit Australia and say hello to some of the world's most dangerous and coolest creatures.
Boiling hot springs, spouting geysers, and bubbling mud volcanoes-all these unusual features and more are found at Yellowstone National Park. And those are just the features that have to do with volcanic activity! The park is also home to a bountiful wildlife ranging from gray wolves and grizzly bears to bison, bluebirds, bull elk, and beavers. Yellowstone is a nature lover's paradise and one of the most loved national parks in the country. Haven't had a chance to visit for yourself yet? Well, then come on inside-this book will take you on a grand tour of Yellowstone, and you won't even have to leave home to do so.
Want to go to a place where there are hundreds of waterfalls, trees as tall as skyscrapers, and towering slick rock mountains just begging for climbing? If so, you'll love visiting Yosemite National Park. This stunning park is located in California. It is where the giant sequoias live, some of the world's largest trees. The biggest, Grizzly Giant, is 30 stories tall and thousands of years old. Among the park's many types of animals are rare great gray owls and endangered bighorn sheep. John Muir loved this place. So did President Theodore Roosevelt. Ever since they helped make Yosemite a national park, millions of visitors have come to enjoy its natural beauty.
Walk right up to the rim of the Grand Canyon and watch the ground fall away, taking your breath with it. The drop is a mile straight down to the skinny green Colorado River. But the wide walls of canyon rock catch your eye first. They spread out in all directions, farther than you can see, a never-ending stack of soft rainbow colors. You can't take a bad picture at the Grand Canyon, and yet no picture truly captures it. When he visited in 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt declared that the Grand Canyon was the "one great sight every American should see." Today, Grand Canyon National Park protects a rich Native American heritage, beautiful geology, endangered species, and miles of exciting hikes. In 2019, Grand Canyon National Park, will celebrate its 100th anniversary. See why, each year, the Grand Canyon continues to be one of America's favorite destinations.
London, England's Big Ben is one of the biggest bells ever made. Its melodic sound has rung in the capital city of London for more than 150 years. Big Ben hangs in the 316-foot Palace of Westminster with the Great Clock. The clock's gears move the hands on the clock's four faces. It also makes the quarter bells and Big Ben chime. Together, it is one of England's most popular tourist sites. Yet, Big Ben was almost never built. Fire, carelessness, and attacks nearly kept it a dream in some people's minds. Discover how this beloved British landmark was nearly lost several times and how determination and hard work brought it to life.
Why do people climb Mount Everest? It is one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. Mountain climber George Mallory once said, "Because it's there." People climb Mount Everest for different reasons. Many of them want the thrill of standing on top of the world. Some want the fame it may bring them. For others, it is the final obstacle in a sort of competition. More than a few don't know why, they just know they want to reach the summit - even if it means putting their lives at risk. This is the story of these climbers and the mountain that beckons them.
Mount Fuji is the centerpiece of Japan's topography and its highest peak. It rises up out of the earth like an upside-down ice cream cone with its point sticking high up into the sky. For centuries, the sheer size of Mount Fuji has encouraged adventure seekers to scale its peaks. Today, thousands make the trek to the mountain's summit each year during the summer season. Mount Fuji isn't a peaceful giant, though. It is an active volcano and could erupt at any time. Scientists keep an eye on the seismic (earthquake) activity around Mount Fuji to make sure the people who live and visit there are kept safe.
Just 150 years ago, many people refused to believe that snow could be found near the equator in Africa. Today, the white peak of Kilimanjaro is recognizable to people around the world. Its three volcanic peaks tower above the surrounding grasslands, forming the largest mountain in Africa. Each year, more than 35,000 people challenge themselves to climb Kilimanjaro. They hope to stand on the glacier-capped summit, far above the clouds, and know they have persevered. In these pages, explore the natural and human history of this great mountain, and discover what it takes to reach the top.
Mount Olympus may be the highest mountain in Greece, but at only 9,568 feet (2,917 meters) tall, it is downright puny compared to the world's tallest peaks. You can even hike to the top without any special climbing equipment. But do not let its size fool you. Mount Olympus looms larger than life in our world culture. For nearly three thousand years, it has been famous as the home of the Greek gods. Its beautiful peaks, now a world heritage preserve, have inspired everything Greek - from epic poetry to foods, and even the modern Greek government. Mount Olympus towers over the heart of Greece, yet lies just within reach. Come and explore the throne room of Zeus!
Welcome to K2, the Savage Mountain-one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. For more than a century, climbers have trekked thousands of miles just to climb to the top of K2. Some have brought extra oxygen, while others have sent hundreds of porters ahead of them to put out lead ropes. Some have reached the top and survived; others have given their lives in the attempt. In this book, you will meet these climbers, including the mother who made it all the way to the peak, but not the trip down, and the man whose strength and sheer determination saved his team from certain death. Find out about what it is like to climb K2 and the people who cannot wait to reach "The Top of the World."