Conservation and Natural Resources

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The same water has been cycling Earth for billions of years. We use the same soil to plant our crops that ancient people used. We freely use our natural resources so what's wrong with that? Well, there is a cost. Human activities have hurt the supply of some resources. In Conservation and Natural Resources, Discovery Channel explains the issues that concern Earth and affect every living and nonliving thing.

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Overview

The same water has been cycling Earth for billions of years. We use the same soil to plant our crops that ancient people used. We freely use our natural resources so what's wrong with that? Well, there is a cost. Human activities have hurt the supply of some resources. In Conservation and Natural Resources, Discovery Channel explains the issues that concern Earth and affect every living and nonliving thing.

Discusses some of Earth's natural resources, threats to their existence, and efforts to protect them. Includes related activities.

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Garish colors, multiple type faces, and pages swarming with different shapes, photos, charts, and graphs make this volume of the "Discovery Channel School Science" series look busy, but not especially attractive. So much is going on that some sections are a hodge-podge of information rather than a coherent whole. Conservation issues addressed include water and river pollution, trees, rain forests, energy sources, soil conservation, and America's national parks. Since each topic covers a double-page spread, information is necessarily limited to what will fit in that space. Two of the most interesting sections feature short biographies of conservationists John Muir and Aldo Leopold and an account of a journey through the Amazon's rain forest from a pink dolphin's point of view (a possible model for student writing). Teen readers may be most attracted to a spread showing statistics and consequences of a series of environmental disasters like the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the deadly chemical gases in Bhopal, India. Each topic concludes with its own suggested activity, some more interesting than others; most will require guidance by an adult. Those who celebrate Earth Day can find information on its founding by Gaylord Nelson and facts related to the holiday, while the final activity, presumably to be attempted after a fair amount of study, involves writing an environmental constitution for the United States. Teachers could find the information and activities (with modifications) useful, but would need to supplement with many other books, videos, field trips, and internet research. 2004, Gareth Stevens, Ages 10 to 14.
—Barbara L. Talcroft
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  • ISBN-13: 9780836833775
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Discovery Channel School Science Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Natural Resources 4
At-a-Glance
Legend of the Tall 6
Q&A
A Tale of Two Visionaries 8
Scientist's Notebook
Population Explosion 10
Amazing but True
Wet, Wild, and Worrisome 12
Scrapbook
Disaster Strikes! 14
Timeline
A River Runs Through It 16
Eyewitness Account
Nature's Own 18
Picture This
Rollin' Down the River 20
Virtual Voyage
Trees Please! 22
Map
Power Producers 24
Almanac
Earth for All 26
Heroes
Dirty Deed 28
Solve-It-Yourself Mystery
Earth Day 30
Fun & Fantastic
Final Project: This Land Is Your Land 32
Your World, Your Turn
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