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The Visual Encyclopedia of Our World 1
Contents 5
The universe and its galaxies 10
The universe 11
Galaxies 15
The Milky Way 17
Celestial objects of light 20
Sun 21
Stars 25
Our little corner of the universe 30
The solar system 31
Mercury 33
Venus 35
Earth 37
Mars 41
Jupiter 43
Saturn 45
Uranus 47
Neptune 49
Dwarfs planets 51
The Moon 53
Asteroids 57
Comets 59
Meteors and meteorites 61
Space exploration 64
Observing the universe 65
Exploring the universe 67
Extraterrestrial life 71
History of Earth 74
How Earth was formed 75
History of life 78
Fossils 79
Inside Earth 82
Earth's structure 83
The soil 85
Rocks 87
Minerals and precious stones 89
Metals and fossil fuels 91
Breathtaking landscapes 94
Climatic zones 95
Erosion 97
Water 101
Mountains 105
Caves 107
Glaciers 109
Earth’s fits of anger 112
Tectonic plates 113
Volcanic eruptions 115
Volcanism 117
Volcanic landscapes 119
Earthquakes 121
Landslides 123
Drought and flooding 125
The environment 128
Biosphere and ecosystems 129
Climate change and global warming 131
Deforestation and desertification 133
Sources of pollution 135
The ABCs of weather 138
Earth and climate: A story from space 139
Atmosphere 141
Wind 143
Water, clouds, and precipitation 145
Types of clouds 147
Temperature 149
When weather runs wild 152
Tornadoes 153
Dew, mist, and fog 157
Rainstorms and flooding 159
Thunder and lightning 161
Snowstorms 163
Ice storms 165
Hail 167
Heat and cold 169
Sand and dust storms 172
Forest fires 173
Hurricanes 175
A planet under many influences 180
Volcanoes and comets 181
Ocean currents and landforms 183
Pollution 185
Predictions . . . For better or worse 188
Meteorologists and their observations 189
Meteorological instruments 193
Portrait of the oceans 198
Atlas of oceans 199
Pacific Ocean 201
Atlantic Ocean 203
Indian Ocean 205
Arctic and Southern Oceans 207
Seas 209
Coastline 211
At the bottom of the ocean 214
Ocean floor 215
Islands 219
Fossils 221
The ocean’s changing features 224
Origin of water 225
Properties of water 227
Waves 229
Ocean currents 231
Tides 233
Erosion 235
An ocean of life 238
Marine variety 239
Food chain 241
Tricks and tactics 243
Sunlit zone 245
Twilight zone 247
Midnight zone 249
Hydrothermal vents 251
Polar life 253
Coral reefs 255
Life on the coast 257
Marine plants 259
The conquest of the oceans 262
Great navigators 263
Underwater discoveries 265
Technology 267
Underwater remains 269
Ocean ressources 271
Pollution 277
Endangered species 279
Maps 282
Facts 296
Activities 312
Glossary 325
Index 330

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