Great Shakes: The Science of Earthquakes

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The devastating effects of earthquakes have been seen throughout history, and the damage of these ground-trembling natural disasters still creates havoc today. Scientists are developing new instruments to detect earthquakes before they happen. And since earthquakes cannot be prevented, they are also developing new methods to prepare for the extreme shaking. These advancements, along with advance warning systems, are the future of seismology and could help save lives.
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Overview

The devastating effects of earthquakes have been seen throughout history, and the damage of these ground-trembling natural disasters still creates havoc today. Scientists are developing new instruments to detect earthquakes before they happen. And since earthquakes cannot be prevented, they are also developing new methods to prepare for the extreme shaking. These advancements, along with advance warning systems, are the future of seismology and could help save lives.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
Of all the natural disasters to which mankind is subject, one of the most frightening is the violent dance the earth makes during an earthquake. Difficult to predict, difficult to protect against, and potentially devastating in effect, earthquakes are complex, sudden, and literally life-transforming events because an earthquake means the earth has changed its shape. Earthquakes, measured on the Richter Scale (each increase in measure being more powerful by a factor of 10) are linked to the movement of the earth's tectonic plates. Prediction research (the major goal of earthquake analysis and study) centers on the study of the movement of these plates using strainmeters and other seismographs to measure the tension and movement in the faults at the plate boundaries, where most quakes occur. In addition to these instruments, the EarthScope program, a monitoring process for earthquakes and volcanoes, allows geophysicists to develop a picture of earthquake activity over entire continents. Research is also interested in preventing loss of life and reducing property destruction during an earthquake. Earthquake "proof" construction techniques and infrastructures, early warning systems and public safety strategies are also under continuous study and development. This book, one in the "Headline Science" series, is illustrated with photographs and sidebars detailing selected facts or features titled "Now You Know" and "Keeping Current" and concludes with a timeline, a glossary, a list of recommended further resources, source notes, a note about the author, and an index. This book is recommended for upper elementary and middle school libraries and science classrooms. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756539474
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Headline Science Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Darlene R. Stille is a science writer and author of more than 80 books for young people. When she was in high school, she fell in love with science. While attending the University of Illinois, she discovered that she also loved writing. She was fortunate enough to find a career as an editor and writer that allowed her to combine both of her interests. Darlene lives and writes in Michigan.

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Darlene R. Stille is a science writer and author of more than 80 books for young people. When she was in high school, she fell in love with science. While attending the University of Illinois, she discovered that she also loved writing. She was fortunate enough to find a career as an editor and writer that allowed her to combine both of her interests. Darlene Stille now lives and writes in Michigan.
Darlene R. Stille is the award-winning author of more than 80 books for young people, including collections of biographies. She grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, where she discovered her love of writing. She now lives and writes in Michigan.

Anthony Wacholtz has been a baseball fan since he was old enough to pick up a bat and ball. He earned a degree in English from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and has written a biography for young readers of All-Star catcher Joe Mauer. Besides playing softball and following his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins, he enjoys pitting his baseball knowledge against others in fantasy baseball.

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