The Region of the Great Plains. the Great Forest Region of the Temperate Zone. the Arctic or Polar Zone. the Region of the Great Mountain Ranges. the Great River Systems

The Region of the Great Plains. the Great Forest Region of the Temperate Zone. the Arctic or Polar Zone. the Region of the Great Mountain Ranges. the Great River Systems

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...which there can be no doubt, small animals can pass and repass without difliculty, and so are enabled to feed upon the plants which grow there as if under the roof of a house--and like rats and other subterranean living animals in our own country, these creatures thus exist in security, doubtless collecting nests of grass in crevices of rocks, and beneath the shelter of stones, etc., where they can rear their young, in what to them is a warm and comfortable abode, considerably warmer in fact, at all times, than the exterior atmosphere. It is nevertheless a wonderful fact, when we come to think of it--and one worthy of all men's attention, as a striking example of the boundless resource and adaptive power of Nature--to 'find that, in these vast snow fields, where all appears to be a howling wilderness, destitute of any form of life, continually swept by the fury of icy gales and swirling clouds of driv. ing snow, there should still be small and delicate animals, passing their lives in peaceful security beneath, unaffected by the greatest rigours of the tempest or the frost, ready when the long night of winter is over, and the summer returns, to issue once more rejoicing from their holes, to bask in the blessed sunshine, and people the country with myriads of. harmless and beautiful living creatures. That they do reside in these regions throughout the winter, is proved beyond a doubt by their occasional appearance upon the surface on fine days, when their tracks are often clearly visible to arctic explorers; the animals themselves being also sometimes seen and shot. rrna LEMMING. 31 7 One of the commonest of these little creatures is the lemming (Ill)/odes Lemmas) an animal belonging to the order "Rodentia," about...show more

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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236904842
  • 9781236904843