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Children's LiteratureLavishly illustrated with National Geographic's consistently stunning photographs, taken from a giant-screen film of the same name, this provides a fascinating look at how scientists investigate the most destructive forces known to humankind: volcanoes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. The scientists studying the active volcano on Montserrat, an island in the eastern Caribbean, survey the volcano by helicopter; by night, they watch the lava flows glowing the darkness. The scientists studying earthquake activity along the Anatolian Fault in Turkey try to learn how the famous church/mosque/museum of Hagia Sofia can have withstood powerful earthquakes for fifteen hundred years. The scientists studying tornadoes on the American Great Plains log 10,000 miles each spring chasing elusive funnel clouds. Each section includes helpful advice on how to survive the weather phenomenon in question, and almost every page offers gee-whiz facts in a little "Did You Know?" box: e.g., "Did you know that more than 80 percent of the Earth's surface is volcanic? Did you know that the explosive boom from one volcano was heard 2,200 miles away?" Sure to be gobbled up by anyone who can't resist awestruck immersion into the destructive power of nature, or who enjoys watching passionately curious scientists learn more about our world. 2005, National Geographic, Ages 8 to 12.