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Poplar – amazing tree

Poplar – amazing tree

Poplar – amazing tree


Poplars are fast-growing trees. Aspens and cottonwoods are types of poplar. Poplars are closely related to willows and grow in many parts of North America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa. The center of origin of poplars is in China, in a subtropical climate.
Flowers develop pods filled with tiny seeds. These pods will open and the fluffy seeds will float to the ground. Leaves are oval, heart-shaped, or round.
Wood is used to make furniture, particle board, paper, match straw, dugout boats, artificial silk, packing material, container cardboard, building materials for building houses, essential oils, and tannins. People make violet paint from poplar buds and yellow from its leaves.
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Philippines – Tropical Island Republic

Philippines - Tropical Island Republic

Philippines – Tropical Island Republic

The Philippines is a country of Southeast Asia. It is made up of about 7,100 islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Its official name is the Republic of the Philippines. Its area is 300,000 square kilometers. The country’s nearest neighbors are Taiwan, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
The two largest islands are Luzon in the north and Mindanao in the south. Most of the Philippine islands are mountainous. The highest peak is Mount Apo on Mindanao. There are also active volcanoes. Earthquakes and typhoons are common. The latest massive volcanic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 caused about 600 deaths, as well as flooding and mudflows.
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Iguana – interesting reptile

Iguana – interesting reptile

Iguana – interesting reptile

Iguanas are reptiles that belong to a large family of lizards. Most species of iguana live in the Americas. The best-known kind is the common, or green, iguana. It is found from Mexico south to Brazil. Some kinds of iguana live on the Galapagos Islands. The males are larger than females and grow up to 2 meters long and weigh up to 6 kilograms.
Iguanas are well equipped for speed and climbing with four powerful legs, each with five long thin toes tipped with strong claws.
Iguanas eat leaves, fruits, insects, small mammals, and birds. The marine iguana of the Galapagos Islands eats seaweed.
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Forget-me-not – unforgettable flower

Forget-me-not – unforgettable flower

Forget-me-not – unforgettable flower


Forget–me–not is a perennial (plant that lives, grows, flowers, and produces seeds for three or more consecutive years). This plant has thick, fleshy, water–storing stem and leaves. It is 15 to 43 centimeters long, and the leaves are heart–shaped. Clusters of flowers are pale to dark blue in color. Each flower is saucer–shaped and measures about 1.3 centimeters across.
Forget–me–not is a small flower, but there are many stories associated with it. Once goddess of flowers Flora came down and began to give names to the plants. It seemed to her that she named all flowers and she wanted to go home. Suddenly she heard a quiet voice: “Give me the name, Flora!” Flora looked around, but didn’t see anyone.
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Antelope – graceful animal

Antelope – graceful animal

Antelope – graceful animal

Antelopes are plant-eating mammals. The impala, the addax, gazelles, gnus, and kudus are all antelopes. They live on the large, grassy plains of Africa and in the central and southwestern regions of Europe and Asia. There are many different kinds of antelope.
They have hooves and are generally about the same size as most goats and deer. Their coats are golden, reddish tan, or gray. Antelopes have excellent senses of smell and hearing. The impala can make leaps as long as 9 meters. Antelopes can run up to 80 kilometers per hour.
They feed on young green leaves, fruit, and buds.
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Antarctica – coldest continent

Antarctica – coldest continent

Antarctica – coldest continent

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, and highest continent in the world! It lies at the bottom of the world, surrounding the South Pole. The coldest temperature recorded in Antarctica is also the world’s lowest, at –128.6° F (–88.3°C). Ice, which is almost 3 miles deep, covers the entire continent.
Antarctica has only one day in the entire year. The Sun generally rises on September 21 and sets on March 22. From March 22 until September 21, the South Pole is dark.
A large portion of the world’s fresh water is located on Antarctica, but it is mostly in the form of ice.
Only scientists and some adventurous tourists visit the continent. However, animals live in Antarctica. There are 45 species of birds and four species of seals breed only in Antarctica. Whales live in the water around the continent.
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Germany – Reunited Country

Germany - Reunited Country

Germany – Reunited Country

Germany shares borders with Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and The Netherlands. Its area is 357,021 square kilometers. Its official name is Federal Republic of Germany.
During ancient and medieval times hundreds of Germanic, Celtic, and Slavic tribes lived in what is now Germany. For many years various princes and dukes and bishops ruled small states in the region. It was not until 1871 that these became united as a single nation.
In the early 20th century, Germany became involved in two world wars. After World War I the country suffered through difficult times and many people supported Adolf Hitler, who wanted to make Germany strong again. As the leader of the Nazi party he soon took control of the country. Germany entered World War II. The country was defeated in 1945 and was divided into East and West Germany. East Germany became a communist country, while West Germany was a democracy. Berlin, the former capital of Germany, was also divided.
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