Chasing Tornadoes

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Children's Literature
The excitement and danger of studying tornadoes are adroitly depicted, along with the benefits of the scientific research accrued from such ventures. The physical aspects and conditions for development of these destructive storms are well described. The account is personalized in the introduction with a report of an actual tornado researcher and some of his experiences. Maps and illustrations show the areas of most tornadoes in the United States. Full color photographs of the aftermath of such storms show the devastation they often leave behind. These illustrations contribute to the understanding of the subject. Unfortunately, the captions placed directly on them on contrasting strips of color detract from the overall professional appearance of the book. The glossary aids in understanding and the index is useful for finding specific information in the dense text. Bibliographies and web sites are provided for those who want to explore this subject further. A good source for reports and projects on this topic. "Science on the Edge" series. 2003, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 9 to 13.
— Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Both of these books portray scientists pursuing extreme careers and describe natural phenomena that humankind still does not fully understand. Each one looks at brilliant daredevils who put their lives in danger to gather data and observe these occurrences. In the first title, researchers chase tornadoes and waterspouts using many different modes of transportation in order to document the weather conditions that cause these deadly storms. The second volume examines the work of volcanologists, whose main goal is to determine how to predict volcanic eruptions. A great deal of scientific information is included, beginning with a basic explanation of the subject and what the scientists are trying to discover, and including information on educational backgrounds necessary to pursue these careers. Both books are profusely illustrated with well-placed color photographs. Chris Hayhurst's Volcanologists and Lois Sakany and Dana Asher's Hurricane Hunters and Tornado Chasers (both Rosen, 2003) cover similar ground. Lindop's books make refreshing additions to career sections because of the exciting descriptions of the lives of these scientists.-Elizabeth Stumpf, Clearfield Middle School, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761327035
  • Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books (CT)
  • Publication date: 8/19/2003
  • Series: Science On The Edge
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Chapter 1 Tornado! 8
Chapter 2 Chasing Twisters out on the Plains 22
Chapter 3 Project VORTEX 36
Chapter 4 Unlocking the Whirlwind's Mysteries 51
Chapter 5 Become a Tornado Scientist! 69
When a Tornado Strikes 72
Glossary of Terms 73
Source Notes 74
Further Reading 78
Web Sites 79
Index 80
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