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The earth beneath our feet usually feels solid and firm. Yet a million times each year- an average of once every thirty seconds- somewhere around the world the ground sways and shakes. We call this an earthquake. Most earthquakes are barely noticeable, but hundreds every year are strong enough to change the face of the land.

In a clear, concise text and unforgettable full-color photographs, award-winning author Seymour Simon examines what causes earthquakes and how scientists ...

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Overview

The earth beneath our feet usually feels solid and firm. Yet a million times each year- an average of once every thirty seconds- somewhere around the world the ground sways and shakes. We call this an earthquake. Most earthquakes are barely noticeable, but hundreds every year are strong enough to change the face of the land.

In a clear, concise text and unforgettable full-color photographs, award-winning author Seymour Simon examines what causes earthquakes and how scientists measure both their sizes and their effects. Other subjects explored are the hazards of aftershocks, the huge, quake-formed sea waves called tsunamis, and the miniature mud volcanoes called sand boils.

Simon also explains why almost half of the quakes in the United States occur in southern California and tells young readers what they can do to protect themselves during a potentially deadly quake. As in his other highly acclaimed books- Volcanoes, Storms, and Icebergs and Glaciers- Seymour Simon introduces young readers to one of the most dramatic wonders on earth.

Examines the phenomenon of earthquakes, describing how and where they occur, how they can be predicted, and how much damage they can inflict.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With the increasing coverage of earthquakes worldwide, readers' interest should be piqued for this lucid introduction. Veteran photo-essayist Simon has produced another characteristically concise and involving precis. Facts abound, concerning such topics as the Pacific Ring of Fire; faults, especially the San Andreas; strike- and dip-slips; seismographs; the Richter and Mercali Intensity Scales; sand boils; and more. As in all of Simon's work, the high-quality photos and the book's spacious, accessible design enhance and extend the clarity of his exposition. Simon's compelling glimpses of these mighty geological phenomena will give readers a new understanding of and appreciation for the awesome forces of nature. Ages 5-up. Aug.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
This impressive (10- x 10-inch) volume includes words about and views of collapsed buildings from the 1964, 1985, and 1989 earthquakes in Alaska, Mexico City, and San Francisco, respectively.
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Gr 4-6-- A visually outstanding book with large, high-quality, full-color photographs depicting earthquake damage on every page. The diagrams are simple and exceptionally clear. Adding variety are deep blue pages with the text in white print. Simplified, yet accurate, nontechnical language is used to describe the geologic processes that cause earthquakes, their impact on people, and some devastating historic events. Recommendations for avoiding injury are mentioned, but the statement that ``The chances of your being hurt in a quake are very, very slight'' may not be very reassuring considering the nature of the photographs and statistics. For beginners, all the basic facts are here in easily understood terms and pictures. Radlauer's Earthquakes Childrens, 1987 uses many scientific terms and is for older readers. Earthquakes Childrens, 1982 by Challand is not as current or of equal quality. Branley's Earthquakes Crowell, 1990 is comparable, but its smaller format and color drawings do not have the same aesthetic appeal. --Meryl Silverstein, American Museum of Natural History, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688096342
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.31 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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