The Visual Encyclopedia of Our World
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The Visual Encyclopedia of Our World


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338 Pages


Almost 40,000 tons of meteorites fall to Earth each year…
A living fossil is discovered off the coast of South Africa…
The swirling wind becomes a devastating tornado that destroys everything in its path…
A killer whale dives 3,000 meters to gulp down a giant squid…
Marvel at our universe, with its billions of galaxies and the planets of our solar system. Explore Earth and all its breathtaking landscapes. Take a front-row seat at the impressive spectacle that is our weather and plunge to the depths of the ocean with all its hidden treasures.



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Published 09 August 2012
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EAN13 9782764408964
Language English
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Editorial Director Caroline Fortin Editor in Chief Martine Podesto Editors Johanne Champagne Marie-Anne Legault Translator Donna Vekteris Writers Anne Dupuis Marie-Claude Ouellet Editorial Assistants Stéphanie Lanctôt Cécile Poulou-Gallet Graphic Designers Josée Noiseux Éric Millette Layout Karine Lévesque Jean-François Nault Jérôme Lavoie Art Directors Anouk Noël Marc Lalumière Illustrators Jocelyn Gardner Carl Pelletier Rielle Lévesque Alain Lemire Mamadou Togola Michel Rouleau Ara Yazedjian Jean-Yves Ahern Mélanie Boivin Danielle Lemay Raymond Martin Claude Thivierge François Escalmel Marie-Andrée Lemieux Research and Photo Acquisition Gilles Vézina Nathalie Gignac Fernand Chevalot Kathleen Wynd Proofreading Veronica Schami Editorial Services Consultants Robert Lamontagne (Astronomer) Christian Levesque (Geology Consultant) Ève Christian (Meteorologist) Serge Lepage (Oceanographer) Préimpression Hélène Coulombe Sophie Pellerin Kien Tang Tony O'Riley Acknowledgments Benoît Allaire City of Montreal Gilles Brien (Environnement Canada)
The Visual Encyclopedia of Our World
The UniverseEarthWeatherThe Oceans
The universe and its galaxies
Celestial objects of light
Our little corner of the universe
Space exploration
History of Earth
10 14 16
20 24
30 32 34 36 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 56 58 60
64 66 70
74 76 78
The universe Galaxies The Milky Way
Sun Stars
The solar system Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Dwarf planets The Moon Asteroids Comets Meteors and meteorites
Observing the universe Exploring the universe Extraterrestrial life
How Earth was formed History of life Fossils
Inside Earth
Breathtaking landscapes
Earth’s fits of anger
The environment
The ABCs of weather
82 84 86 88 90
94 96 100 104 106 108
112 114 116 118 120 122 124
128 130 132 134
138 140 142 144 146 148
Earth’s structure The soil Rocks Minerals and precious stones Metals and fossil fuels
Climatic zones Erosion Water Mountains Caves Glaciers
Tectonic plates Volcanic eruptions Volcanism Volcanic landscapes Earthquakes Landslides Drought and flooding
Biosphere and ecosystems Climate change and global warming Deforestation and desertification Sources of pollution
Earth and climate: A story from space Atmosphere Wind Water, clouds, and precipitation Types of clouds Temperature
When weather runs wild
A planet under many influences
Predictions . . . For better or worse
Portrait of the oceans
At the bottom of the ocean
152 156 158 160 162 164 166 168 170 172 174
180 182 184
188 192
198 200 202 204 206 208 210
214 218 220
Tornadoes Dew, mist, and fog Rainstorms and flooding Thunder and lightning Snowstorms Ice storms Hail Heat and cold Sand and dust storms Forest fires Hurricanes
Volcanoes and comets Ocean currents and landforms Pollution
Meteorologists and their observations Meteorological instruments
Atlas of oceans Pacific Ocean Atlantic Ocean Indian Ocean Arctic and Southern Oceans Seas Coastline
Ocean floor Islands Fossils
The ocean’s changing features
An ocean of life
The conquest of the oceans
Maps 280 Facts 294 Activities 310 Glossary 324 Index 328
224 226 228 230 232 234
238 240 242 244 246 248 250 252 254 256 258
262 264 266 268 270 276 278
Origin of water Properties of water Waves Ocean currents Tides Erosion
Marine variety Food chain Tricks and tactics Sunlit zone Twilight zone Midnight zone Hydrothermal vents Polar life Coral reefs Life on the coast Marine plants
Great navigators Underwater discoveries Technology Underwater remains Ocean resources Pollution Endangered species
The Universe
From the beginning of time, the universe has been the scene of extraordinary transformations. While the first particles of matter formed and organized themselves into atoms, clouds of gases and dust particles multiplied. Billions of stars were created in the heart of these clouds and assembled into many different galaxies. Today, billions of galaxies surrounded by vast empty spaces form the backdrop of the universe. Among them is a spiral galaxy called the Milky Way, which travels through the cosmos like a wheel of light, carrying the solar system along with it.