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By Michael Allaby

This new seven-volume "Discovering the Earth" set examines the efforts made via scientists within the fields of atmosphere, environmental safeguard, and environmental technological know-how. protecting a extensive diversity of themes - together with the Earth sciences, surroundings, oceans, ecology, animals, vegetation, and exploration - the books during this entire set offer a landscape of short debts of specific discoveries and the folk who made them. those tales clarify the issues that have been solved, the methods they have been approached, and, now and again, the lifeless ends that scientists occasionally reached. perfect for top tuition and school scholars and especially useful to scholars of environmental experiences, ecology, biology, geography, geology, and the arts, the books within the "Discovering the Earth" set make clear the way in which the medical point of Western tradition has constructed. Written in transparent language and requiring no mathematical wisdom, those valuable books characteristic sidebars the place essential to clarify a selected suggestion in addition to full-color images, tables, charts, and extra assets.

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He welcomed the two Westerners warmly and listened to all they had to tell him about the West. Kublai sent them back to Europe with a safe conduct—a kind of passport—as well as gifts for the pope and a letter requesting  men to teach his people about Christianity and Western customs and some holy oil from Jerusalem. The Polos reached Acre, in what is now northern Israel, in , and from there returned to Italy. Pope Clement IV had died in , and it was  before Gregory X was elected to succeed him.

It included  tame elephants, each carrying a blazing torch in its trunk, and the elephants climbed the steps as well as the soldiers and their general. Elephants symbolized Roman imperial power, and the torches were to shine brightly on the general’s victories. ). . Hannibal led his army across the Alps in an attack on Rome. His force included  elephants, but few of them survived the crossing. Carthaginian coins of the time depict the elephants, showing they were African elephants (Loxodonta africana), although some historians think they might have been Indian elephants (Elephas maximus), some of which had been imported into North Africa.

Even so, many people think it is cruel to confine animals that have never been domesticated and that are not tame, despite spending their entire lives in captivity. Conservation is a modern concept. Historically, zoos have served quite different purposes: principally, the study of exotic animals and the display of wealth and power. Kings and emperors have always needed to impress their courtiers—who might seek to usurp them—and visiting foreigners—whose own monarchs might seek to invade and overthrow them.

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