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How Do Mountains Form?

How Do Mountains Form?

by Terry Allan Hicks

There are many types of mountains and they can be found all over the world. How Do Mountains Form? shows how all types of mountains form, and how they are always changing.


There are many types of mountains and they can be found all over the world. How Do Mountains Form? shows how all types of mountains form, and how they are always changing.

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Children's Literature - Carol Raker Collins
From the "Tell Me Why, Tell Me How" series, this little volume presents the reader with the concept of mountains. An introductory chapter explains that mountains are everywhere on every continent on our planet, both above and below the seas. Where possible, they are populated by people in foothills and valleys, and wildlife in the upper regions. Their importance to the world's population is due to the water and soil that flow from their rivers, providing drinking water, rich farmland nutrients, and geothermal energy. Other chapters discuss what defines a mountain, the various ways they are made, and how they change—sometimes in ways that are detrimental to Earth. Well-chosen photos show a great variety of mountains, including one on Mars that dwarfs the two highest on Earth: Mt. Everest (the highest above sea level) and Mauna Kea (the highest from its base to its peak). A glossary includes definitions of important terms, such as "fold, block, and dome mountains," or "tectonic plates." There is an activity for creating a mountain out of modeling clay. Although the text is at a middle reader level, the activity seems more appropriate for a younger child. The questions at the end of each chapter encourage the reader to review the material just read. Book and web site references plus an index are included. There are several editing oversights which most readers will easily overlook. Reviewer: Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Students will enjoy the large, beautiful color photographs of various species and the uncrowded layout of the first title. Its strengths include close-ups of a curling proboscis and a compound eye. A catch-and-release caterpillar/butterfly observation activity is included. Darlyne A. Murawski's Face to Face with Caterpillars (National Geographic, 2007) offers more detail on a variety of species, and Bobbie Kalman's The Life Cycle of a Butterfly (Crabtree, 2001) focuses on the Monarch. With its dramatic color pictures and simple text, Mountains will appeal to readers just getting acquainted with landforms. The text deftly covers disagreement among scientists on what makes a mountain and how to measure it. Also included are discussions of the timberline, mountain life, a mountain on Mars, and erosion, and there is a strata activity with clay. Tectonic plates outlined on a globe keep the third dimension of Earth in mind at the expense of showing all the plates at once. Lacking are diagrams of fold, block, dome, and volcanic mountain formations, and a discussion of rock types. Unfortunately, there are three typos in the short text. With diagrams of formations and Earth's mantle, Bobbie Kalman's Earth's Mountains (Crabtree, 2008) is a better choice.—S. McClendon, Friends School of Atlanta, Decatur, GA

Product Details

Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
Tell Me Why, Tell Me How Series
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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