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By Marty Essen

Cool Creatures, scorching Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents follows Marty and Deb Essen on a three-and-a-half-year-long experience to a couple of the wildest locations on all seven continents.

The American couple all started crisscrossing the globe with the easy purpose of attempting to find infrequent and fascinating flora and fauna. whilst their travels coincided with the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the further aspect made them unwitting ambassadors for peace. Their experiences--from a laugh to existence threatening--changed their lives forever.

This isn't your normal travelogue. Marty Essen has written a publication that entertains, informs, and poignantly reminds us that all of us proportion a small planet.

Locations visited contain: Belize, Peru (the Amazon Rainforest), Argentina, Australia (Queensland), Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and Northwest Territories), Antarctica, Europe (Spain, France, Switzerland, and Andorra), Malaysia (Borneo), and Africa (Zimbabwe).

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Prairie or plains streams within the state of Oklahoma), Matthews and Gelwick (1990) found substantially fewer species per locality than in the upland streams to the east (in Arkansas, as above). For 53 collections in these typically low-structure, low-gradient systems (all outside the more species-rich Interior Highlands that are in eastern Oklahoma), Matthews and Gelwick reported arange of 3-15 species per collection and an average of fewer than 10 species per site. 8 species per collection.

For 53 collections in these typically low-structure, low-gradient systems (all outside the more species-rich Interior Highlands that are in eastern Oklahoma), Matthews and Gelwick reported arange of 3-15 species per collection and an average of fewer than 10 species per site. 8 species per collection. J 0 0 u.. 1. Frequency distribution of number of samples containing the indicated number of species (x axis) for 404 local collections in the Ozark and Ouachita mountains, Arkansas (USA). (unpublished data).

Simpson (1953) argued that land bridges acted like filters to influence the composition of local terrestrial faunas. For aquatic organisms in general, Macan (1963, p. 7) pointed out that a species may be absent from a place simply because, in the course of zoogeographic history, it never reached a given body of water. " Macan (1963) then argued that, assuming an organism could have reached a particular place, there were more localized biological, chemical, and physical factors that influenced its success.

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