Camel (Animal) by Robert Irwin

By Robert Irwin

A special image of the desolate tract and the center East, the camel was unkindly defined as "half snake, part folding bedstead." yet within the eyes of many the camel is a creature of significant attractiveness. this is often most blatant within the Arab international, the place the camel has performed a valuable function within the historic improvement of Arabic society—where an complex vocabulary and huge literature were dedicated to it.

In Camel, Robert Irwin explores why the camel has interested such a lot of cultures, together with these cultivated in locales the place camels should not indigenous. the following, he lines the historical past of the camel from its origins thousands of years in the past to the current day, discussing such concerns of latest drawback because the plight of camel herders in Sudan's war-torn Darfur sector, the alarming raise within the inhabitants of feral camels in Australia, and the endangered prestige of the wild Bactrian in Mongolia and China. all through background, the camel has been favored around the world for its practicality, resilience, and mythical talents of survival. for that reason it's been featured within the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Poussin, Tiepolo, Flaubert, Kipling, and Rose Macaulay, between others. From East to West, Irwin's Camel is the 1st survey of its type to check the animal's function in society and historical past through the world.

not only for camel aficionados, this hugely illustrated booklet, containing over a hundred informative and strange photographs, is certain to entertain and tell someone attracted to this attention-grabbing and unique animal.

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Qxp 1/31/07 38 12:55 PM Page 38 Engineering for Every Kid 2. Study the diagram and determine which arrow, A, B, or C, represents the radiation (infrared radiation, ultraviolet radiation, and visible light) to which Earth’s atmosphere is the most transparent. Activity: PASSING THROUGH Purpose To demonstrate that visible light from the Sun can heat materials. qxp 1/31/07 12:55 PM Page 39 Coming Through 39 Materials 1-cup (250-mL) measuring cup cold tap water 2 identical quart (liter) glass jars with lids 2 tea bags aluminum foil Procedure 1.

Observe the motion of the marble inside the loop. qxp 1/31/07 12:54 PM Page 33 Up and Down 33 Results The marble rolls around the loop one or more times. Why? Raising the marble to the top of the paper gives it potential energy. When the marble is released, its potential energy changes into kinetic energy. If the marble has enough kinetic energy, it will move around the loop. When the moving marble goes into the loop, it turns upward. If the marble has enough kinetic energy to raise it to the top of the loop, then gravity pulls it down the other side.

The greater its weight and the higher it is raised, the greater the potential energy. Generally, the potential energy of the roller-coaster cars at the top of the first hill is their source of energy for the rest of the ride. This is because energy (ability to do work) can be changed from one form to another. Kinetic energy is the energy of a moving object. As gravity pulls the cars down the first hill, their potential energy begins to change to kinetic energy. qxp 1/31/07 28 12:54 PM Page 28 Engineering for Every Kid they move and the more kinetic energy they have.

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