Cave Sleuths: Solving Science Underground

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Not all scientists spend their days inside laboratories; a hardy few are out in the field taking high-adrenaline risks to unravel scientific mysteries. In this series, you'll meet daredevil scientists from a variety of disciplines who regularly face danger and their own fears in order to gather crucial data.

Driven by curiosity and the desire to preserve lives, they venture into some of the most extreme environments imaginable, places where a single misstep can lead to death. ...

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Overview

Not all scientists spend their days inside laboratories; a hardy few are out in the field taking high-adrenaline risks to unravel scientific mysteries. In this series, you'll meet daredevil scientists from a variety of disciplines who regularly face danger and their own fears in order to gather crucial data.

Driven by curiosity and the desire to preserve lives, they venture into some of the most extreme environments imaginable, places where a single misstep can lead to death. Whether chasing down roaring tornadoes, hiking up steaming volcanoes, squirming on their bellies deep underground, or diving to the lightless unmapped depths of the sea, these scientists conduct work at the cutting edge of new frontiers. Mixing bravery with brilliance, these researchers are the great explorers of our modern age-men and women who are willing to do whatever it takes to chart new territory and advance our understanding of Earth's wonders as they pursue Science on the Edge.

Discusses the science of speleology and what scientists have learned about caves, how they are formed, and what lives in them.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
These two titles, Venturing the Deep Sea and Cave Sleuths, cover two new areas explored by scientists and related extreme careers in this ongoing, consistently interesting and informative new series. The two previous books in the series, Probing Volcanoes and Chasing Tornadoes, are in the same style--quality books with an extreme edge--to interest even reluctant readers. The science is intriguing here because the two realms focus upon areas primarily considered some of the remaining uncharted territory on earth. The stories of the extreme careers and daredevils are exciting, and each book is filled with interesting facts and anecdotes, which provide a great enticement to make readers explore the topic more deeply on their own. Humankind has long believed that the process of photosynthesis is necessary to the support of all forms of life, yet these two subjects disprove that by demonstrating that both caves and the deep ocean also support life without the aid of photosynthesis. Although these books do not cover either topic extensively, they do include valuable information and both have an excellent glossary of terms, source notes, indexes and further information on resources and would be very helpful to students completing reports or just browsing. The photos of undersea projects, creatures, weird cave and underwater tube formations are all intriguing and lend interest to subjects. This series would appeal to intermediate and middle school readers and would make a useful and appealing addition to both public and school libraries. (Science on the Edge). VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; MiddleSchool, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Lerner, 80p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Source Notes. Further Reading., PLB . Ages 11 to 15.
—Ava Ehde
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-As an introduction to the idea that caves are interesting places worthy of scientific study, this generously illustrated and easy-to-read book is at least partially successful. Any book that treats caving as more than a thrill-seeking sport is welcome. The text features examples of scientists' work in diverse types of caves all around the world. The focus of the research reported here is on the fields of biology, microbiology, and geology. But hydrology, which has long been and continues to be of interest where subsidence or pollution are issues, for example, is never mentioned. Is there really only a handful of cave scientists in the world? Are there really millions of caves? Despite these and other questionable statements, this book has its strengths; it features several female scientists who serve as worthy role models for young people aspiring to scientific careers, illustrates the importance of current studies to future discoveries, and links basic science to practical, potentially life- and species-saving discoveries.-Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761327028
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/13/2004
  • Series: Science On The Edge
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 5 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1220L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Chapter 1 A New Science 9
Chapter 2 The Power of Water 15
Chapter 3 Mystery at Carlsbad Caverns 22
Chapter 4 The Creepy Cave 30
Chapter 5 Extremophiles 38
Chapter 6 Bears and Bats and Troglobites, Oh My! 49
Chapter 7 Nature's Storm Drains 54
Chapter 8 Cave Diving 61
Chapter 9 Become a Cave Scientist! 71
Source Notes 74
Further Reading 78
Index 80
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