Earth's Fiery Fury

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Volcanoes and geysers, mudpots and fire fountains -- the earth's volcanic and thermal displays are fascinating. People from Iceland to New Zealand are drawn to colorful hot pools, bursts of steam, and rivers of lava. In 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted, unleasing amazing power as the world watched on television. What is the danger of a volcanic eruption? How is an island born? Author Sandra Downs leads us around the world, to the largest geysers, people cast in volcanic ash and mud, lava bombs, ...
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Overview

Volcanoes and geysers, mudpots and fire fountains -- the earth's volcanic and thermal displays are fascinating. People from Iceland to New Zealand are drawn to colorful hot pools, bursts of steam, and rivers of lava. In 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted, unleasing amazing power as the world watched on television. What is the danger of a volcanic eruption? How is an island born? Author Sandra Downs leads us around the world, to the largest geysers, people cast in volcanic ash and mud, lava bombs, thermal power plants, and much more as she explains the workings of Earth's fiery fury.

Explains such dynamic forces of nature as volcanoes, fumaroles, hot springs, and geysers.

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Clearly written text and color photographs provide an excellent tutorial on volcanoes. Starting with an explanation of the tectonic plates and the reason volcanoes exist, readers travel back in history to learn about major eruptions. Volcanoes are responsible for many mountain ranges, such as the Cascade Range and its fourteen peaks that could erupt as Mount St. Helens did. Some of the most fertile soil in the world is the result of volcanic eruptions, which answers the question as to why people would risk living near active volcanoes. Downs describes the types of volcanoes and the characteristics of different types of volcanic eruptions. She also discusses smokers, hot springs, geysers, and mud pots, which are fueled by the heat of the magma layer like volcanoes. Filled with facts and inset boxes that offer additional interesting information and pictures, kids who read this book will come away with a very good understanding of the earth and the furnace that rages within. A glossary, an uptodate bibliography that includes web resources, and an index make this book a useful reference. 2000, TwentyFirst Century Books, Ages 10 up, $23.40. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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  • ISBN-13: 9780761314134
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Exploring Planet Earth Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Earth's Inner Fire 9
1 Vulcan's Furnace 11
2 Spew, Sputter, and Spit 23
3 Gases and Glop 34
4 Boil and Bubble 41
5 Hot Landscapes 49
6 Harnessing the Heat 54
Glossary 57
Recommended Resources 59
Index 62
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