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Series Introduction The Ultimate Danger set explores hair-raising hobbies, crime-ridden cities, death- dealing hurricanes, and much more. But what makes something dangerous? The answer may depend on your perspective. For example, some people would say that guns are so inherently dangerous that having one in the house is unthinkable. But to those who feel comfortable around guns, it’s fine to have weapons in the house—even desirable!—as long as they’re stored properly. Or consider this: most Americans think of New Zealand as a faraway land with breathtaking scenery and . . . who knows, maybe surfing? The point is, Americans don’t know all that much about New Zealand, and it looks adorably harmless to us from so far away. But to New Some Information on Information Boxes Each entry in this set includes an information box that provides basic facts about that topic. Most are self-explanatory, but a few require a little bit of explanation. In Dangerous Animals , one category is called “IUCN Red List.” This refers to a database created by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN assesses the population levels of animal species, and also whether that population is growing or declining. Each species is given a designation, such as “Endangered,” “Vulnerable,” or, if it’s doing well, “Least Concern.” The Dangerous Places volume has chapters on dangerous cities and countries—both use population information from the World Population Review website. Almost by definition, the countries and cities covered here tend to be unstable, meaning good data can be difficult to come by. In addition, some countries don’t report trustworthy numbers, and movements of refugees can shift population levels rapidly. In the “Dangerous Countries” chapter, the information box also gives travel advisory information from the U.S. State Department, which assesses the safety (or lack thereof) of countries to help tourists decide whether or not to visit them. Countries are put into four categories, with increasing levels of danger:

• Level 1 (exercise normal precautions) • Level 2 (exercise increased caution)

• Level 3 (reconsider travel) • Level 4 (do not travel)

The Ultimate Book of Dangerous Places


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