Welcome to the AboutBiodiversity Web site for young people!
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by Fred Powledge
This is the place where you can learn about biodiversity, or to use its longer, more formal name — biological diversity.
What does biodiversity mean? One simple definition is: all the living creatures on Earth, as well as all the relationships among those creatures. A subject this huge couldnt possibly be that simple, of course. But as you make your way through this Web site, the richer and more complex meaning of biodiversity will emerge.
AboutBiodiversity, like plants and animals themselves, is an evolving process, with many categories and sub-categories. The site starts with a first section about a part of biodiversity that is studied very little and understood even lessthe soil beneath our feet, with its billions of organisms. Some of them are microscopic and some (like earthworms) are big enough to easily study. All of them are vital to continued life on our planet.
Along the way, AboutBiodiversity will look into many of the nooks and crannies of life here on Earth. From soil to swordfish, rhinoceros to raven, bacteria to beetle, petunia to potato, we will explore some of the infinite varieties of life and their relationships to one another and to humans.
Click here to enter the section on soil.
Or click here to go to the section on the biodiversity of the foods we eat.
Other sections that are on the way include: