Earthquakes: Looking for Answers

Earthquakes: Looking for Answers

by Margaret Poynter
     
 

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7-12-- There is no shortage of books about earthquakes, and, in their descriptions, a certain sameness pervades. Although the inclusion of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake brings this book up to date, there is no variation from the formula here. Making this book somewhat less acceptable than the others is the confusing writing. To quote that Mallet would never find the cause of earthquakes because he was Irish and Ireland has had no earthquakes is wasted humor that adds nothing to the text. To define ``temblor'' and emphasize that it is never used scientifically, and then to use it throughout the text (but not in the glossary and index) is inexplicable. Furthermore, there is a tendency toward sensationalism. The description of the earthquake on Kourion in a.d. 365 at the end of one chapter is totally irrelevant to what has preceded it, but makes exciting reading. That the midocean ridge is ``raw and ragged as a shark's teeth'' misleads about shark's teeth. Sentences such as ``The wave may inhale the coastal water'' have no meaning. To describe tsunamis as ``murderous'' or as ``killer waves'' is unacceptable. Vogt's Predicting Earthquakes (Watts, 1989) is far more balanced, making it clear that earthquakes are necessary to the earth's equilibrium. Very fine black-and-white photographs illustrate this text, but the bibliography is somewhat dated and the glossary imcomplete. --Meryl Silverstein, American Museum of Natural History, New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780894902741
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/1990
Series:
Earth Processes Series
Pages:
64
Age Range:
11 Years

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