Doomsday Rocks From Space

Doomsday Rocks From Space

by Margaret Poynter
     
 

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What happened to the dinosaurs? Scientific evidence suggests that a giant asteroid crashed into Earth 65 million years ago, killing off the dinosaurs. This doomsday rock changed the course of life on Earth. What are the chances of a doomsday rock striking Earth today, destroying the world as we know it? Author Margaret Poynter investigates the science of doomsday

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What happened to the dinosaurs? Scientific evidence suggests that a giant asteroid crashed into Earth 65 million years ago, killing off the dinosaurs. This doomsday rock changed the course of life on Earth. What are the chances of a doomsday rock striking Earth today, destroying the world as we know it? Author Margaret Poynter investigates the science of doomsday rocks and what danger they are to us!

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Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
If readers lives to be 100 years old, they had better be careful not to be standing under a falling meteorite that may weigh up to 4,000 tons. Every 100,000 years a 50,000 ton meteorite breaks through our atmosphere. In the year 3044, some scientists even predict a doomsday rock that will be large enough to destroy life on Earth. The book starts with the theme of dinosaurs, but quickly gets back on topic. It also gives the impression of being a simple picture book, even though each topic becomes denser, using long and complex sentences to provide accurate and descriptive information that encourages the reader to discover more about these rocks on their own. Though few and far between, dynamic photographs with colorful captions allow for a brief break from the daunting text. Generally in science books vocabulary words are boldfaced and defined in the regular text and then redefined in the glossary. The "Bizarre Science" series does not distinguish these words, so readers do not know when a word is defined in the glossary. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
School Library Journal
Gr 5�9—Aimed at reluctant readers, these titles are sure to disgust and delight in equal measure. The attention-getting topics are explored using gory facts and stomach-turning details and range from fun to terrifying, depending on the topic. If readers can stomach the army ants and potato-sized termite queen found in Insects, then it will be the potential future scenarios in Space that will keep them up at night. All of the titles will pique interest and get kids lining up at the reference desk looking for more. The text is complemented by illustrations and magnified photos of things that you would hope never to see.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598452211
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Series:
Bizarre Science
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.36(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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