Introduction. Close to nature. LIFE: Introduction; Protists; Bacteria; Extremophiles; Viruses; The eukaryotic cell; Chromosomes; The double helix; Mitochondria; Amoebae; Foraminiferans. THE ANIMAL KINGDOM: Introduction; Sponges; Corals; Cnidarians; Hydrozoans; Starfish; Sea urchins; Segmented worms; Hard shells; Cone shells; Seep-sea squid; Tardigrades; Exoskeletons; Insect cuticles; Beetles; Compound eyes; Butterfly wings; Dragonfly wings; Moth antennae; Silk; Bees; Honeycomb; Termite mounds; Pond skaters; Houseflies; Mosquitoes; Myriapods; Spider webs; Tarantulas; Crabs; Zooplankton; Gills; Anglerfish; Fish lateral line; Fish schools and bait balls; Viperfish; Seahorses; Shark skin; Amphibians; Eggshell; Komodo dragon; Snakes; Gecko feet; Chameleons; Seal fur; Polar bear fur; Cheetah; Bats; Whales; Porcupine quills; Moles; Domestic cat; Birds; Advanced eyes; Feathers; Hummingbirds; Starling flocks; Penguins. PLANTS AND FUNGI: Introduction; Algae; Phytoplankton; Seaweeds; Mosses; Ferns; Cellulose; Plant stems; Tree roots; Leaves; Tree rings; Bark; Conifers; Flowers; Inflorescences; Rafflesia; Flower structure; Windblown seeds; Sticky seeds; Fruit; Cereals; Bamboo; Tropism; Plant oils; Cacti; Spanish moss; Carnivorous plants; Mushrooms; Bracket fungi; Penicillium; Lichens. EARTH: Introduction; Basalt; Granite; Volcanic ash; Sedimentary rock; Sand; Soil; Schist; Marble; Salt; Geodes; Quartz; Microcrystals; Malachite; Sulphur; Pyrite; Breccia; Fossils; Ammonites; Stromatolites; Fossil feathers; Coal; Amber; Chalk; Limestone; Stalactites; Iron meteorites; Chondrite meteorites; Impact craters; The K/T boundary. WATER: Introduction; Water-lain sediments; Erosion patterns; Geysers; Dew; Frost; Hoar frost; Snow; Ice on the move. Glossary. Index. Acknowledgements.