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Earth Book - Rivers & Lakes Chapter


Rivers & Lakes

A bird counting expedition on the Danube

I’m passionate about this beautiful river. Standing on its banks I feel I’m at the edge of the Earth. It’s funny to think back on my first sight of the Danube. I wasn’t impressed.

As a student in Bulgaria I loved bird-watching, and I’d heard so much about the Danube, renowned for its birds of every colour and shape, like pelicans and sea eagles.

But when I first saw this fabled river, its surroundings were so built up and it seemed confined – it wasn’t the river of my dreams.

Now, since I’ve been working for WWF, spending time monitoring the Danube, I’ve got to know the true river. I explore its islands and constantly moving sandbars – areas that were unknown to science when I was a student.

The Danube is increasingly seen as little more than a route for transporting freight – but I’m standing up for the river I love, and the nature that depends on it.

Ivan Hristov (Freshwater Expert, WWF)

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Todo paso un dia de primavera ,decidimos ir a la sierra de segura a pasar un buen dia en familia yendo exactamente a las lagunas de ruidera y riomundo,las palabras para describir esa zona era "Un paisaje idílico" me cautivaron esas pequeñas lagunas agrupadas entre si que transcurrian a lo largo de un rio,ese era su afluente. Conforme ibamos avanzando era mas y mas bonito te embrujaba mas y mas,he visto muchas cosas bonitas relacionadas con la naturaleza ,pero como ese sitio casi inexplorado ningun otro. Se encuantras limitrofes a Castillas La Mancha y Albacete. A cualquier persona de cualquier lugar remoto incito a que lo visiten ,ademas de conocer otros alrrededores cautivadores tambien.
Sunrise in the Amazon
As I looked round for some water, one hot day, to quench my thirst, I saw a stream near by. I was so thirstty that I did not care whether the water in it was clean or dirty. I drank so much of its water as I could. On the next day, I feel very ill and my mother sent me to the hospital. My condition was so seriuos that not only mother but also the doctors were worried about me. However, I recovered from the illness, and all those who had been concerned about me felt relieved and happy. Since that illness I have never had a drink of water from any stream...
Freedom in flight
i would love to visit hawaii because i think there will be wildness and lots of nature too. i can not wait till i am older ! because when i am older i will go traveling the world and try lots of new food.
Driving through a Wonderland
A weekend gathering :')
John Knoxs' Pool Pit is amazing because it is very pretty and a lovely place to go. The pool pit is in Scotland and it is fantastic to go in the lovely summer sunshine. It is great to give your feet a quick dip and a nice stop for lunch. I would strongly advise you to visit John Knoxs' Pool Pit because it is a fab place to go! JOHN KNOXS' POOL PIT, SCOTLAND. Quick, go,go,go!
This was what we could see from our sitting room when we were on holiday in Kippford, Scotland.
The free energy
Otters at last!
Canoeing Caledonian Canal
Ripples on water
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Earlier this summer I went on my first ever trip to Scotland. We were surrounded by the most beautiful scenery I had ever seen, mountains, lakes and most of all, trees. These were trees that had lived the most extraordinary lives, they had lived through centuries, decades, millennia. The trees grew through nature's will, their purpose?? Singularly, just to keep growing and stay alive. But together? They formed a unity so strong that it produced the very chemical that we as humans need to survive. However this story has a tragic turn, because this chemical has a harmatia, it is a colourless gas. Now to most that would seem like a simple thing, but unfortunately that simple feature will be the diminishing factor of the trees. In a time which is now forgotten by man, when the world was first starting, the trees and the humans formed an alliance, for they could only survive off the other organism's waste. The agreement was such that the trees would grow and conquer the land for the humans, whilst offering a small level of material for the humans as a resource, to build and to advance within the land. The humans in return, would spread and multiply so that the level of carbon dioxide remained accessible to the trees. Unfortunately, as in many tales, the slither of greed runs through all organisms. Time moved on, and the organisms grew and changed, the humans alliance with the trees allowed them to grow and prosper across the land, and although the trees were visibly frozen, they also stormed across the lands conquering all great heights and climates throughout the world. As the trees grew, so did the human's desire to succeed, for amongst the humans there was a fierce rivalry to have the most power and wealth amidst the humans. And within this fight, the ancient agreement between these two powerful organisms was shattered. And from that moment, humans fled across the lands, choosing to destroy the only source of their life through their malicious greed and desire to claim that they were the greatest. But no human can make this claim, for the humans will soon die out and the trees will be left to rule the earth. So maybe, for the selfish desire to save some of this planet for the future, and to give humans the chance to live and breathe, we should give a little more time to at least put back what we take, to not slash and burn in an opportunity to make some quick money off a cattle farm. Timber is important to our society, but is it worth our lives?
I am an animal lover, always have been, always will be. This however is not solely about saving animals from extinction, it's about keeping the natural world in it's beautiful state. I like to think of it like a game of Jenga, there is a limit to the amount of blocks that can be removed before the whole tower comes crashing down. In the natural world the more animals we take away (because after all it is the action of humans causing their extinction),the more glaciers we melt, the more trees we remove and do not replace, the less able the world will become in sustaining itself. How many more blocks can we afford to take away from the natural world before it all comes crashing down ?
My story has one main point. Is there someone in your life that gives you things, then in times of need asked for things back? Your mum? Or dad? Sister, brother, aunt or uncle? Grandparents? Now apply the situation to nature. Nature gives use food, beauty, amazing super things. And right now, nature is hurting, and it needs every single human being possible to shout out with there voice, and stop people hurting nature. Because after all, nature keeps us alive, isn't it time to return the favour?
Animals mean the world to me they are my best friends and animal like you for who you are and don't judge you
The biggest prize
My name is Sally and I live in Lancashire. Behind my house was an old stone building in the woods there. The land was unused and we planted it as though it was our garden. A few years ago the building was bulldozed and the woods were ruined. Over the last few years we planted wild flowers and trees and tried to reintroduce the wildlife back into the woods. On the 27th May we received a call from our next door neighbours saying they had seen a deer in their garden. it had run down into the woods, so 10-15 minutes later I went down to have a look. I sat down for 10 minutes but i thought it would have run well away from the house. then the roe deer came back!!! It walked towards me and instantly scenced my presence. It did stay for a while but eventually turned and headed back into the woods. The deer was very special for me to see because aside from a hedgehog, various birds and grey squirrels, we hadn't seen anything in our garden that was particularly rare too see there. I know that roe deers aren't quite snow leopards or tigers but I think they need to be helped. Not because they are being hunted for their skin or bones, but because every animal deserves the same chance to survive! THE END
bacon
Save the leopards
A zebra sits alone. Only 2000 are left of grevys zebras. This is terrible and the worst part is we caused it. US . By pollucinating and hunting and their habitat loss. All down to us....... .
Naran, kagan, paradize
what the water and animal life mean to me
what the water and animal life mean to me
what the water and animal life mean to me
It makes me want to weep that the WWF has to even deal with the atrocities it has to. I think it is apalling the British government trades with China (along withthe rest of Europe) knowing that they are responsible for the death of Rhinos and Tigers for their horns and bones just to satisfy Chinese fashions and trends. This heartbreaking poaching has to be stopped immediately. If governments refused to trade with countries that either allow poaching or are the recipients of the animals then these countries would suddenly find the will to do something ! All the countries which trade with China and Africa have blood on their hands all the timem this continues.
Dolphins<3
I am a kid. I want to save animals. I want animals to be set free. So kids like me can experience the outside for example camping. I want kids can go out there and then they write a story like me when i was young me and my dad went fishing.
Well this is a very small property of my Family in the famous rain forest, the Mata Atlantica, in Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro Brazil. When the portuguese arrived in Brazil in 1500, most of 60 % Brazil,s territory was covered with Mata Atlantica. Nowadays we only have 8,5 % remaining from this rain forest. Goverment has programs that never reach the small owners and at the same time , goverment also lacks of actions in order to keep Parks without being contaminated from the invasion of bamboos, as you can see on the attached photo
Tigers are carnivores in risk of extintion. Their stripes are use for camuflaging into the grass so they've got sucssess in catching. These magnificent big cats are coming to death because the skin get's used as coats,scarfs,bags and etc. Defending these beautiful creatures is one of the most important things because by watching this specie could help us learn more about the Animals and Nature around us, so we can protect well! Their diet is weak or young Gazzells, Zebras and Wild beasts. From Samuel Hodson, 8 years old.
a beautiful sea-beach
the death of the rainforest
How can we not protect this....
Animals worldwide are being killed by us dropping litter. I know that everyone keeps on going about telling you shouldn't drop litter and you end up thinking they are just talking rubbish. But they aren't for example if you drop a plastic it will most the time be taken by the wind or just the rain into rivers ,seas ect... Some animals in that live in the sea and eat jellyfish might take that plastic bag for one of the jellyfish and strangle themselves on it. Let's take an other example imagine you were looking for some when you saw some nice chocolate on the table(this example is for people who like chocolate) you would probably eat it . Well that's in an other point of view what happens to all those poor animals who strangle themselves because of YOU. This is really important because everyone can help with the litter problem! But nobody does.! So don't drop your litter there is no point and you will get fined a lot of money if the police sees you doing that. Just because you were TOO LAZY to go or wait for a bin .
A penguin is a, cute, feathery white and black animal which can swim up to four metres per second and it can dive to incredible of depths up to one hundred metres. The cute penguins live within the Antarctic Circle their habitat is sea ice along the coast. There are approximately two point five million pairs in one hundred and sixty colonies. The climate is changing which means the sea ice is melting because of global temperature. When the sea ice melts it destroys precious nesting grounds and affects food sources which are vital for the penguins such as krill, a tiny shrimp that feeds off algae found under ice sheets. The increase in sea level could flood islands and countries. The penguins may be alive but because they swim we won't be able to see them. Helping these penguins too will mean that we can focus on preserving other animals. If we help the penguins we won’t increase sea level and we can stop horrible global warming. Penguins shouldn't suffer and we shouldn’t either. If we kill penguins we will have to say in the future we killed them all. Killing penguins kills other animals. Penguins are the cutest, warmest and happiest animal you would come across. Save a penguin today. Seeing a penguin enjoy itself is like looking and having tea with the queen. Penguins should be preserved because these cute, white fluffy loving animals are dying. Any animal dying should be continuously cared for until the issue is solved. It is such a wonderful and precious time seeing a penguin enjoy itself. They walk like soldiers in the army. I love penguins so should you so we should preserve this animal. The penguins give birth to beautiful, fluffy, grey, white and black animals. The mother cannot give birth to her little child in water it has to give birth on land. Because of this sea ice problem penguin birth cannot be done. Penguin birth is like a cuddly warm bonfire when the parents huddle up to keep warm. The penguins have to take long journeys to other places. Because the ice is melting some penguins die because the ice is weak and breaks when they walk and they drown because they are under the ice and they cannot swim for long. So please help the penguins so they don’t drown and become extinct.
For the Forests!
What is black and white with a fluffy coat? What is cute and can weigh up to 330 pounds? Of course the mysterious giant panda! Or known as the ailuropoda melanoleuca if you are a scientist or zoologist Giant pandas are a species of bear and are the rarest type. They are unfortunately classed as endangered due to deforestation and farming. Giant pandas used to roam the lowland areas but were pushed up by their green bamboo forests being destroyed. Giant pandas are located in the high cold mountains of western china in the oriental bamboo forests, this is the only place you can see giant pandas in the whole world except for zoos. The only giant pandas in Great Britain are in Scotland, Edinburgh they are called Tian Tian and Yang Guang. Tian Tian and Yang Guang where bought to Scotland in 2011 and have produced twins. Tian Tian is currently pregnant. Giant pandas are excellent climbers and what is amazing is that they are as bulky as a body builder and can still pull up their weight on the tall bamboo trees. Giant pandas can weigh up to 330 pounds! What is more amazing is that when giant pandas are born they are no bigger that a stick of butter. Giant pandas are quite lazy animals, they like to chomp on bamboo and silently creep around. I feel quite sorry for giant pandas because they are endangered. When you look into a pandas eyes on a picture or if you’re lucky enough for real, you know you need to help.
Adélie penguins should be preserved because… Climate change is a growing concern for Adélie penguins that live around the Southern part of Antarctica. Antarctica. These penguins depend on sea ice for access to food and places to breed. But the sea ice has been disappearing as the sun is heating the ice, whilst it gradually melts away. Because of this more and more penguins are dying. A 2008 WWF project estimated that 75% of these penguins will probably disappear if global average temperatures rise above just 2 degrees C- it may even be reached within 40 years! Adélie penguins are in danger and we can help, by preserving them. The ice is so important to them but global warming is melting the ice that they walk on. Remember that penguins trek lots of miles over this ice, to be able to get their breeding grounds. When the sheets of ice are melting this is a difficult process for the poor penguins. The number of female offspring produced has decreased rapidly. The rising temperatures are making the penguins have to cool off in the sea around them for an extended period of time, which makes the risk of getting eaten by predators higher. Many penguins are trying to adapt to the climate but it is tough for them, they are doing what they can to help them survive. This doesn’t mean we can’t help them. Both parents care for the eggs. While one stays behind keeping the eggs warm and safe from predators, the other parent heads out to sea to find food. They feast mainly on tiny shrimplike animals, but also eat fish and squid. Parents are very caring towards their young are look after them every second of every day. Penguins are powerful and graceful when the glides through the water like an Olympic swimmer, propelling themselves at up to fifteen miles per hour. An Adélie penguin has white rings around her eyes. It has a solid black back and a white stomach. An Adélie has a slightly longer tail than other penguins. Immature Adélie penguins have a bluer back than the adult, with a white throat and cheeks, and chicks are downy with a dark grey head and grey body. The rising temperatures are making the penguins have to cool off in the sea around them for an extended period of time, which makes the risk of getting eaten by predators higher. Many penguins are trying to adapt to the climate but it is tough for them, they are doing what they can to help them survive. This doesn’t mean we can’t help them. The penguin’s future depends on us. Some people don’t even notice global warming and climate change affecting our animals. They are part of Gods world too so we can make an effort to help them. These penguins are in danger so please help; you have your reasons, so why not join in and preserve these penguins so they can rely on their future.
Snow leopards are very beautiful and majestic animals. Humans are making them extinct by poaching them. They also make coats and rugs out of their fluffy fur. They are feeling scared and threatened by the ice caps melting. Their only homes are the snow. Once the ice has gone, where will they go? We need your help, you have to help. There are only about 4,500 – 7,500 snow leopards left. That is no way near to how many people are in England; 53.01million. 2000 snow leopards die every year. They live in the mountains of Afghanistan, Bhutan, China and India. These are 12 countries all in central Asia. Snow leopards prefer steep, rugged, cliffs or slopes. Interspersed with rocky out-crops. A third of snow leopards habitats are along national borders. Snow leopards are smaller than other big cats. Different ranges of sizes, generally weighing between 27 to 54kg. snow leopards thick fur normally are different colours from Smokey grey to yellow tan. Their small black spots are everywhere on their body. Their eyes are grassy green to elephant grey in colour. They cannot roar which makes them less scary! So please help the snow leopards they are in need for you. What would you do if we were endangered? Help them :)
The Adult Panda The animal that should be saved is the adult panda. There is a maximum of one thousand in the whole world. The weight of the panda is two hundred to three hundred pounds. They live in bamboo forests in China and they have ‘plantigrade’ feet (so they walk like humans). I am writing about this animal because I feel that they would be amazing animals to preserve for the future. All animals have the right to live so I don’t understand why certain incredible animals are endangered? Although I do understand that the reason pandas are endangered is because of mankind cutting down their food and habitats. Pandas are incredible. They have a very heavy round head, a white body, with black legs, ears and they have and extraordinary black band across their back. Also when you look at them, they have a sweet look that makes you happy, like a puppy wagging its tail. Pandas are big boned and very fluffy. When a panda is under threat they lower their heads down, until it is in between their legs, then they let out a loud screech and the opponent threatening the panda will retreat. Their habitat is very small compared to a bear’s habitat and is mostly full of bamboo. They usually eat bamboo. However it does vary, because they eat plants and leaves as well. They usually have their offspring in the autumn and their gestation period is five months average. These animals should be saved because there is a limited amount in the world. People are trying to save them, by putting pandas in zoo’s and they wait for the pandas to reproduce. When they have had their offspring, they send them off to the wild. This is working because a couple of days ago a zoo was looking after a panda and the panda had fourteen little baby pandas, but we should have to do this. I few don’t save these animals then we will not have lovely, furry animals to preserve in the future, and it would be a great achievement to bring and endangered animal to become secure. We need to stop cutting down their natural habitat and food supply. We do not want them to become extinct. Panda’s eyes are as black as coal and they are lovely when they stare at you. They look very fluffy and cuddly like a giant teddy bear. In China, to protect a panda they would make a law about them. The reason for this is because pandas are such magnificent animals, they are saving them.
Patara
Killer whales also known as orcas and less commonly known as blackfish are now on the U.S. endangered species list. Killer whales have a life span of 90 years, killer whales are toothed whale that belongs to the oceanic dolphin family. Killer whales are found in all oceans .killer whales as a species have a diverse diet depending on where they are from. Killer whales are regarded as apex predators lacking natural predators. The killer whale is hunted by millions of whaling fleets all over the world. But what they are doing is wrong and unauthorised and illegal in every country to kill them to be selling them for money on the black market. Wild killer whales aren’t considered as a threat to humans, even though they have a reputation from being sols of humans to merciless killers. All of this and there beautiful appearance is why I think that the killer whale’s should be in the earth book.
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