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Kenya – Cradle of Humanity

Kenya - Cradle of Humanity

Kenya – Cradle of Humanity

It’s believed that some of the very earliest humans lived in Kenya. That is why some people call it the “cradle of humanity.”
Kenya is an African country, a land of natural beauty. Kenya borders Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia. The country has a southeastern coastline along the Indian Ocean. Kenya’s area is 582,488 square kilometers. Its official name is Republic of Kenya.
Nairobi is the capital of the country and its largest city. It was named after a watering hole that was in the area before the city was built. The Masai people called the watering hole Enkare Nairobi, which means “cold water.”
Lake Victoria (the largest lake in Africa) makes up part of Kenya’s western borders.
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Ireland – The Emerald Isle

Ireland - The Emerald Isle

Ireland – The Emerald Isle

Ireland occupies five-sixths of the island of Ireland in the eastern part of the North Atlantic. Its area is 70,280 square kilometers. It lies at the westernmost edge of Europe, to the west of Great Britain. The smaller northern part of the island is called Northern Ireland and is part of the United Kingdom.
Ireland is bounded on the east by the Irish Sea, on the southeast by St. George’s Channel, on the south by the Celtic Sea, and on the north and west by the Atlantic Ocean.
The land is covered with grasslands and green mosses. Some people call Ireland the Emerald Isle because it is so beautifully green.
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Grasshoppers – cute green hoppers

Grasshoppers – cute green hoppers

Grasshoppers – cute green hoppers

Grasshoppers are leaping plant-eating insects. They are found all over the world. Grasshoppers live mostly in grasslands and tropical forests. Grasshoppers are closely related to crickets.
Grasshoppers use their long hind legs for jumping. They can not only hop but also fly, although some species are wingless. They have antennas on their heads to touch and smell. Their eyes allow them to see in all directions at once. They have two sets of jaws which move from side to side. Some grasshoppers are more than 11 centimeters long.
Grasshoppers that live in gardens are brown or green. Such coloring helps them blend in with the plants and dirt around them.
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Grand Canyon – Nature’s Masterpiece

Grand Canyon - Nature’s Masterpiece

Grand Canyon – Nature’s Masterpiece

The Grand Canyon is in northern Arizona in the United States. It is the most beautiful and spectacular canyon in the world. It is known for its fantastic shapes and colors. It is a natural symbol of North America. Each year, nearly 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon.
The word ‘canyon’ comes from the Spanish word cañón, which means ‘tube’.
The Grand Canyon is 446 kilometers long and about 0.2 to 29 kilometers wide. It has been carved by the Colorado River and stretches in a zigzag course. Wind and rain have helped the erosion process. Some of the rock towers look like castles and temples. The canyon is of different colors – red, yellow, gray, green, pink, and violet.
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Camel – Packed and Ready to Go

Camel - Packed and Ready to Go

Camel – Packed and Ready to Go

Camels are large mammals known for their humps. They belong to the same family as the llama and the alpaca.
These animals weigh up to about 650 kilograms and are about 2 meters tall at the hump. A camel changes the extra food and water into fat and keeps it safe in its hump. When full, the humps are plump and erect. If the animal has not eaten for a period of time, the humps begin to shrink and sag to one side. Long eyelashes protect the eyes from sandstorms and glaring sun. The nostrils can close to keep out blowing sand.
Camels eat thorny plants, shrubs, and dried grasses.
The Bactrian camel, which lives mostly in Central Asian countries, has two humps. It is the largest species. These animals are named for the Baktria region of ancient Persia and can withstand severe cold as well as extreme heat.
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Wonderful Magnolias

Wonderful Magnolias

Wonderful Magnolias

Magnolias are trees and shrubs known for their large, beautiful flowers. There are about 100 species of magnolia.
Many magnolias are about 12 to 24 meters tall and grow in warm-temperate and subtropical climates of the Northern Hemisphere: America, East Asia and the Himalayas.
Some magnolias are evergreen and others are deciduous.
The flowers of a magnolia are white, yellow, pink, or purple. They can be 25 centimeters or more across.
The southern magnolia has large, white flowers that smell like lemons.
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Mockingbird – talented bird

Mockingbird – talented bird

Mockingbird – talented bird

Mockingbirds are wonderful songbirds. They are known for imitating the songs of other birds. The common mockingbird may learn the songs of more than 30 other kinds of birds. They also can imitate different sounds and sing their own musical songs.
Mockingbirds live in bushy areas and suburbs in the Americas. They are medium-sized gray or brownish birds with slim bodies and long tails. Mockingbirds use their strong and slender bills to eat insects, seeds, and berries.
These birds strongly defend their territory and even attack larger animals and humans whom they see as a threat.
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