Earthquakes and Volcanoes (Smithsonian Institution Series)

Overview

Where do earthquakes happen?

What was the biggest volcanic eruption?

What causes these natural disasters?

Can scientists predict when they'll occur?

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Overview

Where do earthquakes happen?

What was the biggest volcanic eruption?

What causes these natural disasters?

Can scientists predict when they'll occur?

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Bowman-Kruhm
Beginning with a discussion of earthquakes and then, with a chapter titled "The Earthquake-Volcano Connection," this book then transitions to volcanoes, the content of the book's second half. It ends with information about volcanic action on other planets. Although the content became dated with the deadly earthquake in China, May 2008, students can use the book's numerous references to web sites to look up current information. Chapters are visually attractive and readable double page spreads, filled with photos, explanatory sidebars, and textual information, but pages are not so busy that struggling readers would be confused. Charts provide relevant materials, such as the one that gives an example of the effect at each level (e.g., in a 7.0—8.0 quake, the ground cracks, river water overflows banks, and railroad tracks bend). Many young readers are sure to be so fascinated by this book that they continue to investigate the natural world to satisfy their own interests or to consider a possible career, encouraged by chapters that interview a geologist and a geographer. Glossary, index, and sources for additional information are included. This book is highly recommended. Reviewer: Mary Bowman-Kruhm, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060899516
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Series: Smithsonian Institution Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 810,589
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Stewart
Melissa Stewart
Award-winning author Melissa Stewart has written more than 50 science books for kids (and edited more than 200)! Her background in biology and journalism makes her perfect for bringing science to kids.
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