All the Year Round: A Nature Reader - Vol. 2

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2. THE CORAL.

I AM a tiny baby coral. When I was first hatched from an egg, I was very soft and shaped like a pear. I was covered with a fringe which quivered and kept me in motion.

For some time I swam around in the. water, hunting for a good place to fasten myself.

As I do not like muddy or sandy water, I have come down to the bottom of the sea where the water is quiet and clear. Here I have fastened myself to a rock and begun to grow. Gradually, at the top of my body there comes a hole which is my mouth, and around it, like a fringe, appear my feelers.

A sac, which is my stomach, forms in the center. When I take a drink of sea-water, I draw it into my stomach through my long hollow feelers. The lime from the water gathers at the bottom of the sea, where I am fastened to the rock. The lime in the water hardens the outside of me.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Note to the Teacher. iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • Winter. 1
  • Winter. 3
  • 2. the Coral. 5
  • 3. the Coral Reefs 7
  • 4. What Becomes of the Shells. 9
  • The Fossils. 11
  • 6. Testing to Find Lime. 13
  • 7. Quartz. 17
  • 8. How the Sand Became Sandstone. 19
  • 9. a Story About Glass. 21
  • 10- the Travels of the King's Window Panes. 23
  • 11: The Starfish. 25
  • 12. the Sea-Urchin. 27
  • 13. the Oyster. 30
  • 14. the Sponge. 33
  • 15. the Coal Forests. 35
  • 16. Coal Mining. 38
  • 17. the Evergreens. 42
  • 18. the Pines. 44
  • 19. the Discontented Pine. 46
  • 20. the Fir Tree. 50
  • 21. the Little Fir Trees. 56
  • 22. the Eskimo. 59
  • 23. the Eskimo. 64
  • 24. the Seal 67
  • 25. Hunting Seals. 69
  • 26. Hassan. 71
  • 27. the Camel. 74
  • 28: The Palms 76
  • 29. the Palm Tree. 79
  • 30. Black Hawk. 81
  • 31. Hiawatha's Childhood. 84
  • 32. Hiawatha's First Deer. 86
  • 33. Vapor. 88
  • 34. Clouds. 91
  • 35. Rain. 93
  • 36. Dew. 94
  • 37. Frost Pictures. 96
  • 38. Little Jack Frost. 98
  • 39. the Little White Fairies. 100
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