Jaw-dropping, up-close photography shows the natural world and animals as you've never seen it before.From fruit to flowers, from shells to sharks, from ants to elephants, this extraordinary new encyclopedia will keep animal and nature enthusiasts aged 9 and over, utterly absorbed by amazing, close-up images. Explanatorium of Nature is the perfect way to find out how everything in nature works and why fungi, plants, animals, arthropods, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and ecosystems exist and what they mean for our world. Discover how spiders spin webs, how flying works, how snakes kill, and , much more.Children will spend hours poring over the incredible details in nature, from the spines on a stinging nettle and lichen growing on a tree to the suckers on an iguana's feet. Using never-before-seen cross sections, macro, SEM, infrared and ultraviolet close-up pictures, this is your chance to truly get up close with our natural world.
1: The Basics of Life1: How life works2: How reproduction works3: How cells work4: How DNA works5: How evolution works6: How classification works2: Microorganisms and Fungi1: How microorganisms work2: Types of single-celled life3: How germs work4: How algae work5: Marine algae6: How mushrooms work7: Types of mushrooms8: How mould works9: How lichen works3: Plants1: How plants work2: How flowering plants grow3: How seeds grow4: How roots and stems work5: How trees work6: How leaves work7: How flowers work8: Types of flowers9: How fruits grow10: How seeds travel11: Deciduous forests12: How plant defences work13: How carnivorous plants work14: How desert plants survive15: How aquatic plants work4: Invertebrates1: How invertebrates work2: How snails work3: How bivalves work4: Types of shells5: How octopuses work6: How sea anemones work7: How corals work8: Coral community9: How jellyfish work10: How starfish work11: How worms work12: How sea worms work13: How insects work14: Types of insects15: How exoskeletons work16: How metamorphosis works17: How insects see18: How antennae work19: How insects hear20: How wings work21: How a mantis hunts22: How parasites work23: How chemical defences work24: How stingers work25: How camouflage works26: How mimicry works27: How bees work28: How ants work29: Fireflflies30: How spiders work31: How spider silk works32: How scorpions hunt33: How millipedes work34: How crabs work5: Fish1: How fish work2: How fish swim3: How fish senses work4: How fish reproduce5: How fish care for their young6: Salmon migration7: How sharks work8: How fish defences work9: How camouflage works10: Fish school11: How symbiosis works12: How deep-sea fish work6: Amphibians1: How amphibians work2: How tadpoles grow3: Frogspawn4: How frogs move5: How frogs communicate6: How defence works7: How salamanders work8: How axolotls work7: Reptiles1: How reptiles work2: How scales work3: How snake senses work4: How reptile eggs work5: Marine iguanas6: How crocodiles hunt7: How chameleons hunt8: How chameleons change colour9: How geckos climb10: How tuataras work11: How snakes move12: How snakes kill13: How snakes eat14: How tortoises work8: Birds1: How birds work2: How bird skeletons work3: Types of beaks4: How birds fly5: How wings work6: How feathers work7: How hummingbirds hover8: Life on the move9: How birds migrate10: How courtship works11: How nests work12: How eggs develop13: How birds grow14: How cuckoos work15: How owls sense prey16: How eagles hunt17: Types of bird feet18: How ducks swim19: How birds dive20: How penguins move21: Surviving the storm22: How ostriches work9: Mammals1: How mammals work2: How hair works3: How mammal senses work4: How mammals are born5: How mammals feed their young6: How mammals care for their young7: How mammals grow up8: How hierarchy works9: How pack hunting works10: Ocean giants11: How conflict works12: How defence works13: How carnivores work14: How insect eaters work15: How herbivores work16: How rodents work17: How beavers live18: Types of mammal limbs19: How bats work20: Ceiling sleepers21: How mammals glide22: How gibbons swing23: How mammals burrow24: How elephants work25: Land giants26: How whales work10: Habitats1: How biomes work2: How tropical rainforests work3: How temperate forests work4: How boreal forest works5: How tropical grasslands work6: How temperate grasslands work7: How wetlands work8: How mountains work9: How deserts work10: How tundras work11: How polar regions work12: How rivers and lakes work13: How oceans work11: Glossary12: Index13: Acknowledgments