Camels are herbivores, which means they eat plants or vegetation.
Camels are specially adapted to live in the desert, where vegetation is scarce. What does grow in the desert can be prickly and tough due to the lack of water. Camels have leathery mouths which allow them to eat thorny twigs, as well as leaves, stems, shoots and fruit.
Their mouths aren’t the only part that is especially adapted to desert living.
If you would like to know more about camels, please see the link below.
More interesting camel facts from I Love Animals
Their mouths are so tough, they can even eat cacti!
Stomach (or gastric) acid is a mixture of hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride and sodium chloride. An acid’s strength is measured on the pH scale. The range of acid strength goes from 0(strongest) to 6(weakest). Stomach acid measures between 1 and 3 on this scale, making it quite a strong acid.
The reason the acid doesn’t burn our insides is because the stomach produces mucus to line itself and protect it from the acid. We need acid in our stomachs as this starts the process of breaking our food down(digestion), so it can be absorbed by our bodies.
After the food leaves the stomach and enters the next part of your digestive system, the pancreas releases a bicarbonate which helps to neutralise, or weaken, the acid so it doesn’t damage your insides.
For further reading and facts on the stomach, click on this link.
For a video that explains the part of the stomach in the digestive system, please see below:
Coffee is a drink made from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant. The coffee plant originally grew in Africa, but is now grown around the world, usually in areas near the equator.
Coffee is grown in over 70 countries around the world. The top three producing countries are Brazil, Vietnam and Colombia. Coffee is grown near the equator because it needs certain weather conditions to grow well(plenty of warmth and rain).
The seeds are roasted and then ground according to the type of coffee you are making. It is then mixed with hot water to brew, although you can also soak it in cold water to make a different tasting drink.
Coffee is not recommended for children as it contains caffeine. This is something that helps adults feel more awake when they drink it!
For further reading from the Eden Project, please click this link.
For a quick video run through of the process, please see below.
A diamond is a precious stone and is the hardest naturally occurring material known. It is made from carbon which can come in different forms depending on how its atoms are arranged. A diamond has a lattice structure in which the atoms are bonded together very strongly.
Diamonds are formed deep underground in the earth’s mantle, around a 100 miles down. They are formed under high pressure and temperatures and can take 1 to 3 billion years to form. They are brought closer to the surface by deep volcanic eruptions and are then mined by people.
For further reading and some fun facts on diamonds please click this link.
For a video explanation, please see below.
Bees make honey as a way of storing food for themselves. They need to do this for when their usual food sources are in short supply. Flowering plants are more abundant in spring and summer, so bees make honey during this time to see them through the winter, when there are much fewer flowers.
Honey is an ideal way to store their food supply, as it doesn’t go bad. This is because it has a high sugar content, which also means it provides a lot of energy for the busy bees!
For further reading on bees, please click this link to the very informative buzzaboutbees.net
For a video explanation of why, as well as how, bees make honey, please see below.
A hurricane is a large storm characterised by very strong winds. If a tropical cyclone has winds over 74mph(119km/h) and it forms in the Atlantic Ocean, it is known as a hurricane. There are 5 categories of hurricane numbered 1 to 5. The most severe category 5 hurricanes can have winds up to 200mph(320km/h). The hurricane develops around an area of low pressure(the eye) and the winds rotate in an anti clockwise direction around this point. This is what they look like from space.
A hurricane is specific to the area around the USA. A tropical storm formed in the Indian Ocean is called a cyclone, and one formed in the Western Pacific Ocean is called a typhoon.
For more in depth information on hurricanes, please see the following link:
An excellent page from Weather Wiz Kids
For a video on hurricanes, please see below.
Animals usually eat the same type of food all through the day. They don’t have different meals like we do.
In the case of giraffes, they usually eat twigs, leaves and fruit from trees which they can easily reach with their long necks.
For more information on giraffe feeding, click on this link.
If you would like to have breakfast with a giraffe, please see the below video of Giraffe Manor.
For a more general video on what giraffes eat, please see below.