Youth Guides open up a fascinating world
The tree of life
According to ancient Norse mythology, Yggdrasil, the sacred tree of life, united the heavens and the Earth while a dragon gnawed at one of its roots. Even though this is only mythology, the fact is that trees really are a uniting force… perhaps without the dragon part though. Trees hydrate the earth and pump life-giving oxygen into the atmosphere. They’re pretty good at it by now; they’ve been doing it for around 370 million years!
In The Youth Guide to Forests, you’ll learn all about trees, animals, insects and much more, from Mowgli in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book to the incredible walking catfish in the forests of South East Asia. And if this whets your appetite for even more forest stories, don’t miss our Forests for Kids learning guide.
If walking catfish aren’t your thing and you prefer your fish in the water, then The Youth Guide to the Ocean should really float your boat. Dive in deep, but it might be tricky to get your head above water again; the average depth of the ocean is 4 km and the pressure gets to over 10 tonnes per square metre!
While diving in the depths, say hello to the 80 percent of the Earth’s organisms living in the ocean. And if you’re looking for treasure, make sure to bring a big bag! There are nearly 20 million tonnes of gold hiding in the deep blue!
The Earth’s bounty
On the fascinating topic of biodiversity, you can read about genes, species, ecosystems and all the interactions that occur to make the world the wonderfully diverse place it is. In our Youth Guide to Biodiversity, you’ll also hear about the dark side of human development, which threatens biodiversity through habitat loss, climate change, overexploitation, invasive alien species and pollution.
Luckily, we still have powerful tools to preserve biodiversity. One of these is taxonomy, which helps us name and keep track of all the organisms we find in the world’s abundant ecosystems… There really is a word for everything.
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