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How It Works Book of Incredible EarthHow It Works Book of Incredible Earth

How It Works Book of Incredible Earth

How It Works Book Of Incredible Earth 6th Edition

How the Earth was created? Why lightning strikes? What plants are poisonous? What causes earthquakes? Which animal is smartest? Or how the Galapagos Islands came to be? The How It Works Book of Incredible Earth provides answers to all these questions and more as it takes you on a thrilling journey through everything you need to know about the world we live in. Covering the scientific explanations behind weather phenomena, plant life, extreme landscapes and volatile volcanoes, as well as the amazing creatures found throughout the animal kingdom, there is something for everyone to learn about and enjoy. Featuring: Incredible story of Earth - Learn the fascinating history behind our amazing planet. 50 amazing facts about weather - We answer your burning questions about the incredible variety and awesome power of climactic phenomena. Wonders of Yellowstone National Park - Wild beasts, 30-metre high geysers and a supervolcano that could destroy America. The animal kingdom - Find out why our family tree is a lot stranger than you might first think.

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United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to how it works book of incredible earth

The planet we live on is a remarkable place, with incredible things happening everywhere, all the time. But have you ever wondered how or why these things occur? How the Earth was created? How we predict the weather? How fossils form? What causes earthquakes? Which animals glow in the dark? Or how the Galapagos Islands came to be? The How It Works Book of Incredible Earth provides answers to all these questions and more as it takes you on a thrilling journey through everything you need to know about the world we live in. Covering the scientific explanations behind weather phenomena, plant life, extreme landscapes and volatile volcanoes, as well as the amazing creatures found throughout the animal kingdom, there is something for everyone to learn about and enjoy. Packed…

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ncredible story of earth

Today, science has revealed much about our planet, from how it formed and has evolved over billions of years through to its current position in the universe. Indeed, right now we have a clearer picture of Earth than ever before.And what a terrifying and improbable picture it is. A massive spherical body of metal, rock, liquid and gas suspended perilously within a vast void by an invisible, binding force. It is a body that rotates continuously, is tilted on an axis by 23 degrees and orbits once every 365.256 solar days around a flaming ball of hydrogen 150 million kilometres (93 million miles) away. It is a celestial object that, on face value, is mind-bendingly unlikely.As a result, the truth about our planet and its history eluded humans for thousands…

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supercontinent developmen

Formation of land and seaCurrent scientific evidence suggests that the formation of liquid on Earth was, not surprisingly, a complex process. Indeed, when you consider the epic volcanic conditions of the young Earth through the Hadean eon, it’s difficult to imagine exactly how the planet developed to the extent where today 70 per cent of its surface is covered with water. The answer lies in a variety of contributory processes, though three can be highlighted as pivotal.The first of these was a drop in temperature throughout the late-Hadean and Archean eons. This cooling caused outgassed volatile substances to form an atmosphere around the planet – see the opposite boxout for more details – with sufficient pressure for retaining liquids. This outgassing also transferred a large quantity of water that was…

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50 amazing facts about the weather

We like to be able to control everything, but weather – those changes in the Earth’s atmosphere that spell out rain, snow, wind, heat, cold and more – is one of those things that is just beyond our power. Maybe that’s why a cloudless sunny day or a spectacular display of lightning both have the ability to delight us. Meteorologists have come a long way in their capability to predict weather patterns, track changes and forecast what we can expect to see when we leave our homes each day. But they’re not always right. It’s not their fault; we still don’t completely understand all of the processes that contribute to changes in the weather.Here’s what we do know: all weather starts with contrasts in air temperature and moisture in the…

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where does acid rain come from?

Acid rain in actionOxidation of sulphur and nitrogenKEY:Blue: NitrogenYellow: SulphurRed: OxygenAll rainwater is a little bit acidic, because the carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere dissolves in water and forms carbonic acid. Stronger acid rain, however, can damage stone structures and can also be harmful to crops, as well as polluting waterways. It forms in the atmosphere when poisonous gases emitted by human activities combine with the moisture within rain clouds.Fossil-fuelled power stations and petrol/diesel vehicles give off chemical pollutants – mainly sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) – which when mixed with the water in the air react and turn acidic. ■…

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the smell of rain

It’s possible to smell rain before it has even fallen. Lightning has the power to split atmospheric nitrogen and oxygen molecules into individual atoms. These atoms react to form nitric oxide, which in turn can interact with other chemicals to form ozone – the aroma of which is a bit like chlorine and a specific smell we associate with rain. When the scent carries on the wind, we can predict the rain before it falls.Another smell associated with rain is petrichor – a term coined by a couple of Australian scientists in the mid-Sixties. After a dry spell of weather, the first rain that falls brings with it a very particular aroma that is the same no matter where you are. Two chemicals are responsible for the production of this…

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