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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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Bison – Majestic Beast

Bison - Majestic Beast

Bison – Majestic Beast

Bison has a massive body, humped shoulders, and pointed horns. In winter, its coat is dark brown and in the spring it is light-brown. They are the largest land mammals in North America and Europe. There are two species of bison: the American bison and the European bison.
An average bison has a head and body length of 2.1 to 3.8 meters and a shoulder height of 1.5 to 2 meters. It weighs between 320 and 1,000 kilograms.
The American bison is commonly known as the buffalo. European bison is often called wisent, from the German word for bison. They are slightly larger than the American bison. European bison live in forests where they eat tender shoots, twigs, and leaves of trees and bushes.
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Magpie – intelligent bird

Magpie - intelligent bird

Magpie – intelligent bird

Magpies are intelligent, noisy birds. They belong to songbirds. Magpies are in the same scientific family as crows, ravens, and jays. Magpies live in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.
There are several different species of magpie. Common types include the Eurasian magpie and the black-billed magpie.
Eurasian and black-billed magpies are about 46 centimeters long. The tail is longer than the body. They are mostly black except for their white bellies and white patches on their wings. Magpies in Asia have bright blue or green feathers.
They are omnivorous and eat insects, dead animals, fruit, seeds, and even the eggs and chicks of other birds.
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Extinct animals – silent reproach to mankind

The Caspian tiger disappeared in 1970

The Caspian tiger disappeared in 1970

Once a species becomes extinct, it is gone forever. The most common cause of extinction is a sudden, serious change in a species’ habitat. Floods, fires, droughts, volcanoes, and other natural events may be causes. People also change the environment: clear forests and drain wetlands, build cities on land that animals need to survive and create harmful pollution. Some species have been hunted to extinction.
Dinosaurs first appeared on Earth about 215 million years ago. By 65 million years ago, however, they had died out. Many scientists believe that a large asteroid caused this mass extinction. It hit Earth and thick dust blocked the sun. The dinosaurs could not survive the cold temperatures. But early species of birds and mammals did survive.
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Manatee – Mermaids of Yore?

Manatee - Mermaids of Yore

Manatee – Mermaids of Yore

Stories about mermaids tell of creatures that have the head and body of a human and the tail of a fish. These stories may have come from people who saw manatees swimming and didn’t know what they were. From a distance manatees can look like a person who is swimming.
Manatee is a large marine mammal with a rounded, heavy gray body and a horizontally flattened tail. There are three species of manatee. An average manatee is 2.4 to 4 meters long and weighs 360 to 1,590 kilograms.
Manatee is a relative of the elephant.
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Wonderful canyons all over the world

Wonderful canyons all over the world

Wonderful canyons all over the world

A canyon is a narrow, deep valley cut by a river through rock. They vary in size from narrow slits to huge trenches. Canyons may be thousands of feet deep. Canyon formation is common in arid and semi-arid climates because bedrock weathers slowly in the absence of water. The largest and most famous canyons have been cut through dry areas by swift streams fed by rain or melting snow from wetter areas.
Submarine canyons are deep underwater valleys.
The Grand Bahama Canyon, in the Atlantic Ocean near the Bahamas, is thought to be the deepest submarine canyon. Its walls are nearly 5 kilometers tall.
Over many years, Deer Creek has cut through rock to create a beautiful canyon in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
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