Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Earthquakes and Tsunamis

by Terry Jennings

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Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
Part of the "Amazing Planet Earth" series from Smart Apple Media, this book shows readers how the shifting plates far below the earth's surface can result in violent earthquakes and tsunamis. It is designed as a research source for students in grade five and above. The format is very user-friendly, containing ten information-packed chapters in a mere thirty-two pages. Five chapters cover the science of earthquakes, such as why and how earthquakes and tsunamis occur, how to measure earthquakes, and how to lessen their impact. The other five take an in-depth look at actual earthquakes and tsunamis that occurred throughout history. These case studies follow informational chapters so students learn the science behind the event and better understand the impact of and lessons learned from these natural disasters. For example, the chapter explaining why earthquakes happen and how the earth's plates are constantly moving is followed by a case study of the San Andreas Fault and the major earthquakes which hit the San Francisco area in 1906 and 1989. Sidebar information is presented in "Data Files" containing bulleted information in an index card format, and the "News Flash" sections are written to look like actual newspaper clippings chronicling the event. Full-color, captioned photographs, diagrams, and maps enhance the text. A table of contents, an index, a glossary, and a list of websites for further information are also included. It all adds up to a quality product with a solid tie-in to the earth science curriculum. Reviewer: Pat Trattles
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6--These useful books, which include information on environmentalism, are divided into chapter spreads that sometimes concentrate on particular examples, such as “Niagara Falls” in Mighty Rivers, and at other times focus more on processes or features, such as “Volcanic Ridge” in World’s Oceans. Chapters are labeled as “Case Study” or “Science Report,” making the presentation lively. The concise explanations include just the right number of examples and clear diagrams, and have perfect color photo accompaniments. “News Flash” sidebars provide details of past disasters and can be fascinating, but they sometimes repeat information that is in the text or the photo captions. Earthquakes provides the most material that is not found elsewhere, such as a discussion of how human activity can trigger earthquakes, and uncommon details on the earthquake that triggered the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

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Saunders, W. B. Company
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8.30(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)

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