Ecological Disasters

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Children's Literature - RevaBeth Russell
The "Science of Catastrophe" series uses science to explain what happened in different disasters and excels in being accurate and readable. The series also has artistic illustrations and detailed diagrams of the science involved. The books are current and the price is affordable. In the ecological book, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill is explained when a 122 meter long semi-submersible rig became engulfed in methane and exploded. That left an oil-gushing well head that was not able to be capped. There were 2.6 million gallons of oil spilling into the ocean each day. Deforestation is another disaster that is usually human made, negating the benefits of forests which include lessening the greenhouse gases, preventing floods, producing oxygen, and stabilizing the soil. Invasive species, where plants and animals are taken from their natural locations, often create havoc in the new habitat because the new species breeds without natural controls. The rabbits in Australia made warrens that created unstable soil that then washed away so farm animals lost pasture land and the rabbits competed with the native animals for food. Most invasive species cause a cascade of problems. Overfishing is another human made disaster. Longlines, miles of fishing nets with thousands of hooks, catch hundreds of fish, but also cause a bycatch. A quick look in the glossary explains that a bycatch is trapped and killed animals that are not the target species being fished. In the Atlantic the northern blue fish tuna is being fished to death, with less than nine-tenths of the fish remaining. This topic of a balanced food web is in every science standard I have ever read. Each book has a world map showing where each disaster happened, giving the reader a little bit of geography knowledge along with the science. Reviewer: RevaBeth Russell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778775782
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: IG1130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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