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Children's LiteratureDid you know that Canada has the longest coastline or that Sydney, Australia contains the largest natural harbor in the world? These and other facts are included in this comprehensive book on the world's coastal areas. After first introducing the concept of coasts and how they are formed, the book describes different types of coastal areas such as caves, bays, beaches, and harbors; their features; and how they are formed. Also discussed are unusual coasts such as those formed from volcanic activity and those at the South Pole. Additionally, the people and wildlife that inhabit the coastal areas and the environmental dangers to the coasts are covered. Each spread features two relevant color photographs, diagrams, or drawings along with captioned explanations. The text is written in simple language with useful text features such as words in bold defined in a glossary. An index, table of contents, and list of sources for additional information on the landform of coasts add to the value of this book. This title is part of the series "Geography First." 2004, Blackbirch Press/The Gale Group, Ages 6 to 10.
—Nancy T. Braverman