Earthquakes and Volcanoes

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Although Earth's outermost shell is made up of tectonic plates that shift constantly, the ground is usually still. Sometimes, however, an earthquake violently rocks the ground, or an explosive volcanic blast brings destruction to surrounding areas. Earthquakes and Volcanoes explains what triggers earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, describes where on Earth they are most likely to occur, tells how they happen, and explains how examining disasters of the past can make people safer...
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Overview

Although Earth's outermost shell is made up of tectonic plates that shift constantly, the ground is usually still. Sometimes, however, an earthquake violently rocks the ground, or an explosive volcanic blast brings destruction to surrounding areas. Earthquakes and Volcanoes explains what triggers earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, describes where on Earth they are most likely to occur, tells how they happen, and explains how examining disasters of the past can make people safer in the future.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Ashcliffe and Thad Ashcliffe
This book is one in a set titled "The Restless Earth." We have only seen this title and so will confine our review to it alone. While the book introduces essential geological concepts, this volume is redolent of cliches, e.g. "...tsunamis that pass through the open ocean without harm, but wreak disaster...." page 7 or "...reduce the risks to those people who may be living in harm's way...." page 9. In the compromise to provide accessibility, the author has given up anything that might challenge the reader, limiting the way the information is provided to overly simplistic and common use of language. It is over-reliant on metaphors to convey concepts, not for richness but for ease in conveying complex ideas, not unlike the news media. The content isn't dumbed down, it is the approach to the content that is simplistic. Perhaps this was done to make the subject more approachable to the middle grade reader; however, the resulting tone of the writing has almost a sensationalistic element, which is something that does not belong in a reference book. Based on the content and vocabulary, this is an adequate introductory title about the topic for grades 1 — 4 rather than grades 5 — 8 as the publisher ranks the book. The illustrations are overly simplified (giving up detail for cartoon-like simplicity) and sterile. This book lacks information-dense illustrations in discussing theory. Some of the sidebar material creates a total, multi-page, break in the text that, in view of other sidebar presentations, seems unwarranted—contrast the sidebar presentations on Convection, page 21, and Hydrothermal vents, pages 22-23, which totally break the text, with the sidebar presentation onMagnitude, pages 34-35, which flows under the text on those two pages. These subjects should be included in the text. The only use we see for this book is as an introductory source; however, if a library or classroom already has an introductory source book—even a suitable picture book—then this book is superfluous. Reviewer: Mary Ashcliffe and Thad Ashcliffe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791097052
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Restless Earth Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,071,289
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Underlying and Shifting Earth 7

2 The What and Where of Earthquakes 27

3 Earthquake Science 39

4 Undersea Earthquakes and Tsunamis 53

5 Volcanoes Across The Globe 66

6 Volcano Science 78

7 Volcanic Hazards and Reducing Risk 92

Glossary 103

Bibliography 106

Further Reading 108

Picture Credits 111

Index 112

About the Author 118

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