Forces of Nature: The Awesome Power of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tornados

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Spectacular images, detailed diagrams, and fact-filled narrative combine to bring readers up close and personal with some of Earth's most dynamic forces. Through interviews with scientists in the field, the author reveals how volcanoes, earthquakes, and tornadoes occur and what's being done to predict when they will strike so lives can be saved.
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Spectacular images, detailed diagrams, and fact-filled narrative combine to bring readers up close and personal with some of Earth's most dynamic forces. Through interviews with scientists in the field, the author reveals how volcanoes, earthquakes, and tornadoes occur and what's being done to predict when they will strike so lives can be saved.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Lavishly 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.
—Claudia Mills
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A companion volume to the National Geographic film of the same title, this book presents the basics of these phenomena with a focus on the work of four scientists who study them: Richard Herd, Marie Edmonds, Ross Stein, and Joshua Wurman. Grace describes how volcanoes develop and the efforts to predict their behavior, highlighting the eruption of Soufriere Hills on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. Focusing on the seismically active region that includes the North Anatolian Fault near Istanbul, Turkey, she details attempts at earthquake prediction and what is being learned about safer buildings by studying Hagia Sophia, a structure that has survived numerous quakes. The author presents the Midwest's "Tornado Alley" as a prime example of a breeding ground for these storms, and reveals how and why they are formed. Survival tips are included, as are sidebars with factual data and statistics. Outstanding color and black-and-white photos and diagrams augment the very readable text. Lin Sutherland's Earthquakes and Volcanoes (Reader's Digest, 2000) is similar in style, but lacks the focus on the work of specific scientists. Grace's book is an attractive presentation about a popular subject.-Jeffrey A. French, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792263289
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 583,760
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.35 (w) x 11.17 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine O’Neill Grace has written several children’s books, including 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving. She lives in Waltham, Massachusetts.
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