Environmental Disasters

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From chemical leaks and oil spills to toxic pollution and nuclear accidents, environmental disasters are devastating for the people and animals in their wake. Such disasters can destroy the land and wipe out wildlife. They can contaminate buildings and even demolish entire communities. Scientists are still studying the long-term impact of environmental disasters and looking for new ways to mitigate them. With dramatic images and firsthand survivor stories—plus the latest facts and figures—this book shows you ...
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Overview

From chemical leaks and oil spills to toxic pollution and nuclear accidents, environmental disasters are devastating for the people and animals in their wake. Such disasters can destroy the land and wipe out wildlife. They can contaminate buildings and even demolish entire communities. Scientists are still studying the long-term impact of environmental disasters and looking for new ways to mitigate them. With dramatic images and firsthand survivor stories—plus the latest facts and figures—this book shows you environmental disasters up close.
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AGERANGE: Ages 8 to 12.

What causes an environmental disaster? How can these events be prevented? With vivid photographs, Michael and Mary Woods take young readers through chemical leaks, oil spills, toxic pollution, nuclear accidents, and other environmental disasters, demonstrating the disastrous effects these events have on people, wildlife, and the environment. The photographs provide an amazing glimpse into the destructive forces and other impacts on the environment. In addition, the quotes and reflections from people who were there bring the disasters from dusty history books into the living rooms of young readers. Readers will experience the drying of the Aral Sea, the sinking of the Prestige, the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, an explosion in a chemical plant in Jilin, China, dust storms on the Great Plains in the 1930s, a near-disaster at Three Mile Island, a leak in a chemical plant in Bhopal, India, and a killer smog in London in the early 1950s. At the conclusion of this informative book, the authors include a time line of environmental disasters. Young readers will find this nonfiction work to be interesting and informative, and it is highly recommended for homes and libraries. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822567745
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Disasters up Close Ser.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Woods is a science and medical journalist in Washington, D. C., who has won many national writing awards. He and his wife, Mary B. Woods, write together. Their previous books include the eight-volume Ancient Technology series, as well as the Disasters Up Close titles. The Woodses have four children. When not writing, reading, or enjoying their two grandchildren, the Woodses travel to gather material for future books.

Mary B. Woods has been a librarian in the Fairfax County Public School System in Virginia and the Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona, Spain. She writes with her husband, Michael Woods. Their previous books include the eight-volume Ancient Technology series, as well as other Disasters Up Close titles. The Woodses have four children. When not writing, reading, or enjoying their two grandchildren, the Woodses travel to gather material for future books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     4
What Are Environmental Disasters?     6
What Causes Environmental Disasters?     12
Disaster Country     24
Measuring Environmental Disasters     30
People Helping People     38
The Future     48
Timeline     56
Glossary     58
Places to Visit     59
Source Notes     59
Selected Bibliography     61
Further Resources     61
Index     63
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