Explanatorium of Nature

Explanatorium of Nature

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Get closer to nature than you've ever been before with this jaw-dropping guide to our wonderful world.

Marvel at the breathtaking photography showcasing flora and fauna in the most incredible, intricate detail.
From ants to elephants, the animal kingdom is explored and explained in this extraordinary encyclopedia that puts you at the heart of the action. See the tiny spines on a stinging nettle, watch lichen spreading over a tree, and observe the secret suckers on an iguana's feet. The mysteries of the natural world are displayed in brand new images, together with cross-sections, macro, and electron microscope images.

Alongside the utterly absorbing visual content, Explanatorium of Nature brings its own fountain of knowledge about how nature works. For instance, did you know that baby foxes are born with blue eyes which turn to gold? Or that reptile scales are made from the same material as your fingernails? Discover how spiders spin webs, how birds fly, how snakes kill, and much, much more.

This unputdownable book is a guaranteed favourite for animal lovers, nature enthusiasts, and budding wildlife experts everywhere.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 258 x 308 x 28mm | 2,102g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241286840
  • 9780241286845
  • 125,160

Table of contents

1: The Basics of Life
1: How life works

2: How reproduction works
3: How cells work
4: How DNA works
5: How evolution works
6: How classification works

2: Microorganisms and Fungi

1: How microorganisms work
2: Types of single-celled life
3: How germs work
4: How algae work
5: Marine algae
6: How mushrooms work
7: Types of mushrooms
8: How mould works
9: How lichen works

3: Plants

1: How plants work
2: How flowering plants grow
3: How seeds grow
4: How roots and stems work
5: How trees work
6: How leaves work
7: How flowers work
8: Types of flowers
9: How fruits grow
10: How seeds travel
11: Deciduous forests
12: How plant defences work
13: How carnivorous plants work
14: How desert plants survive
15: How aquatic plants work

4: Invertebrates

1: How invertebrates work
2: How snails work
3: How bivalves work
4: Types of shells
5: How octopuses work
6: How sea anemones work
7: How corals work
8: Coral community
9: How jellyfish work
10: How starfish work
11: How worms work
12: How sea worms work
13: How insects work
14: Types of insects
15: How exoskeletons work
16: How metamorphosis works
17: How insects see
18: How antennae work
19: How insects hear
20: How wings work
21: How a mantis hunts
22: How parasites work
23: How chemical defences work
24: How stingers work
25: How camouflage works
26: How mimicry works
27: How bees work
28: How ants work
29: Fireflflies
30: How spiders work
31: How spider silk works
32: How scorpions hunt
33: How millipedes work
34: How crabs work

5: Fish

1: How fish work
2: How fish swim
3: How fish senses work
4: How fish reproduce
5: How fish care for their young
6: Salmon migration
7: How sharks work
8: How fish defences work
9: How camouflage works
10: Fish school
11: How symbiosis works
12: How deep-sea fish work

6: Amphibians

1: How amphibians work
2: How tadpoles grow
3: Frogspawn
4: How frogs move
5: How frogs communicate
6: How defence works
7: How salamanders work
8: How axolotls work

7: Reptiles

1: How reptiles work
2: How scales work
3: How snake senses work
4: How reptile eggs work
5: Marine iguanas
6: How crocodiles hunt
7: How chameleons hunt
8: How chameleons change colour
9: How geckos climb
10: How tuataras work
11: How snakes move
12: How snakes kill
13: How snakes eat
14: How tortoises work

8: Birds

1: How birds work
2: How bird skeletons work
3: Types of beaks
4: How birds fly
5: How wings work
6: How feathers work
7: How hummingbirds hover
8: Life on the move
9: How birds migrate
10: How courtship works
11: How nests work
12: How eggs develop
13: How birds grow
14: How cuckoos work
15: How owls sense prey
16: How eagles hunt
17: Types of bird feet
18: How ducks swim
19: How birds dive
20: How penguins move
21: Surviving the storm
22: How ostriches work

9: Mammals

1: How mammals work
2: How hair works
3: How mammal senses work
4: How mammals are born
5: How mammals feed their young
6: How mammals care for their young
7: How mammals grow up
8: How hierarchy works
9: How pack hunting works
10: Ocean giants
11: How conflict works
12: How defence works
13: How carnivores work
14: How insect eaters work
15: How herbivores work
16: How rodents work
17: How beavers live
18: Types of mammal limbs
19: How bats work
20: Ceiling sleepers
21: How mammals glide
22: How gibbons swing
23: How mammals burrow
24: How elephants work
25: Land giants
26: How whales work

10: Habitats

1: How biomes work
2: How tropical rainforests work
3: How temperate forests work
4: How boreal forest works
5: How tropical grasslands work
6: How temperate grasslands work
7: How wetlands work
8: How mountains work
9: How deserts work
10: How tundras work
11: How polar regions work
12: How rivers and lakes work
13: How oceans work

11: Glossary
12: Index
13: Acknowledgments
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Review Text

Dorling Kindersley's nature and science books are always good, and the Explanatorium of Nature is an ambitious blockbuster that describes the workings of nature, from carnivorous plants to evolution. Hefty, and handsome. The Spectator
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A beautiful, mind-blowing, close up look at nature. * Primary Times * Dorling Kindersley's nature and science books are always good, and the Explanatorium of Nature is an ambitious blockbuster that describes the workings of nature, from carnivorous plants to evolution. Hefty, and handsome. * The Spectator *
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