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El Nino and la Nina: Weather in the Headlines
     

El Nino and la Nina: Weather in the Headlines

by April Pulley Sayre
 
One year, on the Pacific Coast of the Americas, houses are swept into the sea, seals and sea lions die, and empty fishing nets are reported from Chile to California. Tornadoes hit the Southern United States. There are droughts in Africa and Asia. This is El Nino. Sometimes, the next year will be a La Nina. The Atlantic Coast of the United States and the Caribbean will

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One year, on the Pacific Coast of the Americas, houses are swept into the sea, seals and sea lions die, and empty fishing nets are reported from Chile to California. Tornadoes hit the Southern United States. There are droughts in Africa and Asia. This is El Nino. Sometimes, the next year will be a La Nina. The Atlantic Coast of the United States and the Caribbean will have terrible hurricanes. Mudslides will occur in Indonesia.

Although these weather conditions have existed for hundreds or thousands of years, it's only now that people the world over see how far-reaching the effects are. Scientists are making breakthroughs in predicting El Nino and La Nina. By studying changes in sea temperature, people on the Pacific Coast were able to prepare for the El Nino of 1997-1998 and save lives. April Pulley Sayre's book provides much-needed global information on El Nino and La Nina history, prediction, and consequences.

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Children's Literature
In recent years the earth's changing weather patterns have been fodder for tremendous discussion. Issues such as global warming, the effects of pollution, and changes in precipitation, have had dramatic affects upon the lives of millions of people. In the most extreme cases, climatic changes have resulted in catastrophic floods, droughts, blizzards, and deaths. Among the many weatherrelated phenomena capturing scientific attention are the scope and nature of the paired Pacific events known as El Nino and La Nina. These two shifting events, related to the temperature of Pacific currents, are the main focus of this work of science. El Nino is a term for the sharp increase in water temperature that occurs in portions of the Pacific approximately once every four to ten years. La Nina is a contrary and more infrequent effect that involves a reverse shifting of Pacific waters with sharply decreasing water temperatures. In both cases the changes in Pacific temperatures result in sharply divergent weather patterns. Both El Nino and La Nina lead to a wide variety of alterations in basic weather events. Areas of prime commercial fishing are suddenly barren due to water temperature. Rainfall in areas such as the Galapagos Islands is far more pronounced than in normal years. Rain forests normally inundated with precipitation fall prey to vast forest fires due to drought. Both El Nino and La Nina exert significant and unpredictable impacts upon weather across the globe. Linked to steadily increasing global temperatures and ozone layer depletion, these natural phenomena have led to unnatural results. Utilizing a detailed, yet eminently readable text and ample illustrations, this book provides a wealthof information. We live in an age when changes in climate are a reality. This wellwritten scientific text offers both a great deal of information and a challenge to readers young and old to learn more about a subject that affects every citizen of this planet. 2000, TwentyFirst Century Books, Ages 10 up, $24.90. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761314059
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
Science and Technology Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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