Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents

Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents

Marty Essen

Language: English

Pages: 455

ISBN: 0977859975

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

  • Six-time award-winning book!
  • Minneapolis Star-Tribune top-10 "green" book!

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Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents follows Marty and Deb Essen on a three-and-a-half-year-long adventure to some of the wildest places on all seven continents.

The American couple began crisscrossing the globe with the simple intention of searching for rare and interesting wildlife. When their travels coincided with the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the added element made them unwitting ambassadors for peace. Their experiences--from amusing to life threatening--changed their lives forever.

This is not your average travelogue. Marty Essen has written a book that entertains, informs, and poignantly reminds us that we all share a small planet. 
Locations visited include: 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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Caught a few of the juicy pests for a bedtime snack and hurried inside. When I presented the freshly killed mosquitoes to Spike, he seemed most appreciative of my efforts and devoured the last meal I would give him before our departure. My portion of the trip was over. We had to return to Belize City the next day to catch a boat for the Turneffe Islands. Alejandro picked us up on Wednesday morning for another white-knuckle ride down the Western Highway. Our schedule allowed us time for a side.

Biblical God had a problem with snakes, he would have drowned every one of them in the great flood. Obviously, all of the 2,900 or so terrestrial species of snake were welcomed onto Noah’s ark. Putting aside for a moment that the ark wasn’t actually large enough to hold two of each unclean animal and fourteen of each clean animal on Earth, think of the 2,010 known rodent species and how rapidly they reproduce. If it weren’t for snakes providing population control, rodents would have overrun the.

Ark during the 378 days they were onboard — eating all the food and then proceeding to the actual wood of the boat. In fact, I submit that if it weren’t for snakes, Noah’s ark surely would have sunk. Even today, snakes continue to provide the valuable service of rodent population control. But that’s not all. As medical science advances, we’re learning that snake venom can be a life saver. For instance, Bothrops jararaca (a close relative of the fer-de-lance) venom has been used in the.

Development of effective drugs for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. Yes, snakes are animals with an undeserved bum rap. They’re interesting, mysterious, often beautiful, and definitely not slimy. As for my fer-de-lance, she had provided me with a thrill I’d never forget, and now it was time to release her, so she could forget about me. Using the stick once again, Cesar carried the little viper to the edge of the rainforest and set her down. She froze for a moment,.

To turn off the dryer when leaving their cabin, they had returned to find a gooey piece of chocolate next to the overheated appliance. Loath to waste the candy, Sara dipped an apple into it. The combination was so tasty they decided to make more. When Sara noticed the inquisitive look on my face, she smiled, licked the chocolate from the corners of her lips, and held out a piece of chocolate-covered apple. “Hair dryer fondue. Want some?” The Drake Passage continued to behave like a sleeping.

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