Far-Out Guide to Earth by Mary Kay Carson, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Far-Out Guide to Earth

Far-Out Guide to Earth

4.5 17
by Mary Kay Carson
     
 

Earth is the Only Planet in our solar system that is suitable for life. It has liquid water, oxygen, and enough gravity to hold its own atmosphere. But did you know that Earth is always changing?

Scientists have used spacecraft and satellites to learn more about our planet. They can better predict natural disasters like hurricanes, and monitor volcano eruptions

Overview

Earth is the Only Planet in our solar system that is suitable for life. It has liquid water, oxygen, and enough gravity to hold its own atmosphere. But did you know that Earth is always changing?

Scientists have used spacecraft and satellites to learn more about our planet. They can better predict natural disasters like hurricanes, and monitor volcano eruptions and climate change. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and lots of far-out facts about our home planet.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Ever-changing Earth—our terrestrial home and host to an amazing variety of life—is one of the planets explored in this "Far-Out Guide to the Solar System" series, offering a multitude of facts to report-writers, focusing on what astronomers know and the many perplexing questions still to be answered. Young researchers will learn that Earth consists of a system of spheres: the atmosphere (air), the liquid hydrosphere, the lithosphere (rock, soil), and the biosphere of living things. Scientists are now focusing on major changes taking place on Earth. Operating since 1972, a Landsat group of satellites, collecting images of weather and disasters, has revealed shrinking forests, melting ice, expanding deserts, and changing coastlines. In one of the boxed "Far-Out Facts" scattered through the text, readers discover that a new Landsat 8 is being developed to scan Earth much more quickly. Three pages of Fast Facts add Earth information, while Carson states definitively that pollution by humans is causing global warming. An "Earth Timeline of Exploration and Discovery" introduces a section about space missions that have helped scientists learn vital facts. In 1999, satellite Terra began studying global climate change; ICEsat confirmed in 2003 that global warming is causing polar ice sheets to melt. A set of five A-Train satellites coordinates measurements to help plan for the future. Illustrations are color photos and computer-generated images—one especially dramatic picture shows a huge ozone hole over Antarctica. What is next for Earth? More satellites are being planned: Aquarius (to measure sea salinity) was launched in 2011 [updated information] and Global Precipitation Measurement is scheduled for 2013. Included are a glossary and a list of books and websites about planet Earth, Earth explorations, and the solar system. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766031821
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
Far-Out Guide to the Solar System Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.86(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Far-Out Guide to Earth 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yay Lightningstorm! She missed you!!!)) Deercloud layed down. <p> Blizzardflight dragged herself over to Lightningstorm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cloudripple smiles wearily. "I missed everyone," is what she says in response. She yawns before she heads over to a corner and sits down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posting from old nook....:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need sleep, but i'll be on most of tomorrow except early morning. Thanks rose, i'll post my bio soon! Night evry1!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What? We have adults RPing?! Well, tell VelvetStar I said congradulations!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The creme she pads in and looks around at HorseClan. "Excuse me, is this clan excepting new members? I read everything I was suppose to awhile back."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kind of like the attitude too! Well, maye I will eln why I have been gone. Well, school has been crazy. Soccer on top of that, but now, it's spring break, and I'm free to rp! (For the most part) Well, I have strange obsissions with ninjas and Star Wars (the last on ejut recently) and I have been working on ninja moves and starting a lightsaber...hectic.)) Icefire sprang up when she overheard Pebblebird. She padded briskly over. "She doesn't mean it." She meowed before Lilywolf joined them. "What is with her?" She couldn't help asking her friend. <br> <p> Stormyeye rested his head on his paws and closed his eyes, falling into a dreamless sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flightpath padded to Goldenstar. "A strange apprintence needs help." <p> Morningdew watched everyone. <p> Rabbitwhisker mewed, "How are you?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey guys! I'm using Velvets phone so our last post won't disappear, but I just wanted to check in. I've been able to check in here while I'm waiting around, and if I'm not too tired I'll be able to post tonight when I'm not needed for anything. Goldy probably won't though, he hasn't even been home since yesterday night. We had an emergency and can't rp right now, but it sounds like Monday or Tuesday we'll be able to come home. Really sorry! I'll try to come back on later tonight, in an hour or so probably, and post everywhere I need to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Spottedpine is out of camp* <p> Bluepaw trotted over to Velvetsnow and mewed, "Can we train?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just about to become an apprentice so about six moons!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, l am probably going to be grounded later today, so unless l reply tonight or tomorrow morning, that's what happened. I replied at books, Lilywolf, Shellpool (hope you have a great day baking gal!), someone l can't think of this moment. Shizzers. Anyway, gotta run, but hopefully l'll see y'alls later. If l'm not crying my eyes out. Bad feeling about this.)) I laugh, batting Cloudy's nose and ears. Crystalpaw was in the nursery. Strykekit too. Missingmoon [is missing on the moon] hunted. Lavapaw slept. (Gotta run.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The she-cat slipped back in, barely recognizable because her pelt was streaked with mud and tangled with twigs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey everyone! So I've been thinking that because I have so many rps that I'd just have one name to use at all of them so that everyone knew who I am. So far, my two favorites are: Lotus&#14823 or Rook&#9820. Let me know if you agree, disagree, or just have another idea for a name! Thanks! Be back tomorrow when 'm not too lazy to post more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He smiled at Blizzardflight, "How are you?" He asked. (Mouse our book when you hve time.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What up its ross lynch