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Earthquakes: The Science Behind Seismic Shocks and Tsunamis
     

Earthquakes: The Science Behind Seismic Shocks and Tsunamis

by Alvin Silverstein, Virginia B. Silverstein, Laura Silverstein Nunn
 

In 2008, China faced one of its most devastating earthquakes. Unfortunately, scientists still have no way of predicting these earth-shaking disasters. Earthquakes: The Science Behind Seismic Shocks and Tsunamis examines what causes an earthquake, how scientists measure them, and provides tips to stay safe during this natural disaster. The authors also explore

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In 2008, China faced one of its most devastating earthquakes. Unfortunately, scientists still have no way of predicting these earth-shaking disasters. Earthquakes: The Science Behind Seismic Shocks and Tsunamis examines what causes an earthquake, how scientists measure them, and provides tips to stay safe during this natural disaster. The authors also explore the dangers earthquakes bring, including landslides, fires, and tsunamis.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gwynne Spencer
Part of Enslow's "Science Behind Natural Disasters" series, which includes hurricanes, volcanoes, wildfires, floods, and tornadoes, this forty-eight-page volume features dramatic full-color photos and illustrations that capture the excitement and terror of natural disasters sure to capture the interest of every kid (though it is aimed squarely at reluctant readers with a nice readable large print text with lots of leading, making it accessible to many levels of readers). Sidebars featuring questions and answers include really great tidbits of facts. For instance, did you know that tectonic plates move about the same distance that your fingernails grow? Chapters include the "World Series Earthquake" (the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California); "Understanding Earthquakes" (tectonics, the Ring of Fire, earthquake belts, and faults); "When the Earth Shakes" (waves of various kinds, includes great graphics and photo of a huge landslide); "The Dangers of Earthquakes" (structural disintegration, liquefaction, falling objects, raging fires, landslides, avalanches, and how earthquakes are measured on both the Richter and Mercalli scales); "Tsunamis" (what they are, how they form, how the tsunami warning systems work, and spectacular photos from Phuket); and "Staying Safe" (emergency procedures, readiness, preparations and a discussion of earthquake-proof buildings). Chapter notes at the end include research information followed by a two-page glossary and further reading and internet addresses. Reviewer: Gwynne Spencer
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7–Five or six short chapters in these matter-of-fact books outline the essential facts of each phenomenon in clear language. The titles open with an account of a famous event–for example, Earthquakes re-creates the scene inside San Francisco’s Candlestick Park and farther afield when the Loma Prieta quake struck during the 1989 World Series. The texts go on to cover the science, to describe in general terms what happens during an event, and to offer safety advice. These latter sections discuss both personal safety and what scientists are doing to predict these phenomena. Scientific explanations are accompanied by plentiful color diagrams that will help students to grasp causes and effects. Sidebars on most spreads feature “It’s a Fact” statistics and other data, and question-and-answer boxes covering such puzzles as why Tornado Alley is so afflicted. There is some overlap in topics among the books–tsunamis are relevant in Earthquakes and Volcanoes, for example, but the coverage of them is not the same. Photos of disasters are necessarily dated and therefore grainy at times, but they are effective, and are sometimes turned into helpful, lively diagrams by the addition of such features as wind-direction arrows.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766029750
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Series:
The Science Behind Natural Disasters Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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