El Nino: Stormy Weather for People and Wildlife

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When the weather becomes extreme or even unseasonal, "El Nino" is usually the phrase we hear. Every three to seven years, El Nino disrupts weather all over the globe, second only to the change of seasons in its influence on the climate. But what is El Nino?

El Nino is the name given to the unusual increase in ocean temperatures along the Peruvian and the Ecuadorian coasts that is part of a larger pattern of changes in wind and weather throughout the world. With El Nino come ...

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Overview

When the weather becomes extreme or even unseasonal, "El Nino" is usually the phrase we hear. Every three to seven years, El Nino disrupts weather all over the globe, second only to the change of seasons in its influence on the climate. But what is El Nino?

El Nino is the name given to the unusual increase in ocean temperatures along the Peruvian and the Ecuadorian coasts that is part of a larger pattern of changes in wind and weather throughout the world. With El Nino come violent storms and upsets in global food chain that dramatically affect both humans and wildlife. Effects can be as gentle as a mild winter in northeastern United States or as violent as drought in Southeast Asia, brutal storms in South America, and wildfires in Australia. With the help of carefully selected photographs and clarifying charts and maps, Caroline Arnold makes clear how this remarkable weather pattern forms, how scientists track it, what its effects are, and why following its path is of such importance. Glossary, bibliography, index.

Caroline Arnold has written more than one hundred books for young readers, including several for Clarion. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Explores the nature of the El Niäno current and its effects on people and wildlife.

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Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
This informative and timely book defines the curious weather patterns known as El Nino and La Nina, examining their effects on wildlife such as coral reef denizens, marine iguanas, sea lions, and foxes. Text is amply illustrated with photographs, some of which seem arbitrarily selected. For instance, captions about the ocean volcanoes off Easter Island are accompanied by a photograph of the well-known stone heads found there. However, helpful diagrams, a comparison of global conditions before and during a weather event, and other material make this unique book highly useful. End matter includes a chart of El Nino and La Nina events since 1950, further references including Web sites, a glossary, and an index.
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"...this is seemingly the first book for young people in this important area of study." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal

Science teachers and students will appreciate this very readable introduction to the El Nino current. In just 48 pages, Arnold explains the complex relationship between the warming of the Pacific current and global weather patterns, decribes the effects of the most recent El Nino and notable ones of the past, and discusses the tracking and forecasting of the phenomenon and the importance of scientists' predictions. Difficult concepts and terms are defined in the text and, again, in a glossary, and attractive, full-color photographs and diagrams clearly show El Nino's disruptive effects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618551101
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.78 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Arnold always loved books, but as a child she never thought of writing as a career. Born in Pittsburgh, she grew up in Minneapolis and studied art at Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. "It was only after my children were born that I became acquainted with children's books and it occurred to me that I could use my training to become a children's book illustrator. I soon realized that I needed a text to go with the pictures, and the more I wrote, the more I realized that I liked writing as much as or more than drawing. I've always been fascinated by the natural world and love to go to the parks and museums. Perhaps that is why so many of my books are about scientific topics." Arnold is now the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, a neuroscientist, and teaches writing at UCLA Extension. For more information visit www.carolinearnoldbooks.com.

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Table of Contents

Wacky Weather 5
What Is El Nino? 8
Watching El Nino 10
Ocean Warming 12
Changing Winds 14
The Southern Oscillation 16
El Nino's "Twin" 17
An Irregular Schedule 18
El Nino and North America 22
La Nina 24
What Triggers El Nino? 25
El Nino and Wildlife 26
Sea Birds 28
Coral Reefs 30
Marine Iguanas 32
Kelp Forests 33
Sea Mammals 34
Foxes 36
The Disease Connection 38
Past and Future 40
El Nino and La Nina Since 1900 45
For Further Reference 45
Glossary 46
Index 47
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