Inside Volcanoes

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What causes scorching hot lava to spike through Earth's crust and make a volcano blow its top? Do volcanoes exist in space? What do brave volcanologists learn by climbing right into a volcano's mouth? In the wake of the eruptions by Iceland's Eyjafjallaj?kull, everyone wants to know! Ten spectacular gatefolds, plus incredible photos, graphs, maps, diagrams, and first-person stories, take intrepid young explorers right to the source to find out.
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Overview

What causes scorching hot lava to spike through Earth's crust and make a volcano blow its top? Do volcanoes exist in space? What do brave volcanologists learn by climbing right into a volcano's mouth? In the wake of the eruptions by Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull, everyone wants to know! Ten spectacular gatefolds, plus incredible photos, graphs, maps, diagrams, and first-person stories, take intrepid young explorers right to the source to find out.
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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

Unidentified explosions on the cover and title page are the hook for this latest entry in the Inside... series.

With pages that fold out or flip up, well-reproduced photographs of volcanoes at rest and in action, diagrams, maps, charts, timelines and short explanations, there is much to look at and to learn. Stewart (Under the Snow, 2009) begins her text with an explanation of the Earth's layers and moving plates. She goes on to describe three kinds of lava, four kinds of eruptions and five kinds of volcanoes. (Here, readers are challenged to classify pictures of some well-known examples.) There are clear images of volcanic rocks and landscapes. A chart of the 10 deadliest eruptions in recorded history accompanies an explanation of the Volcanic Explosivity Index. "I was there" quotations go along with descriptions of three past blasts (including Mt. St. Helens). There is brief mention of the work of volcano scientists, who hope to learn better methods for prediction, and some examples of volcanoes in the ocean and elsewhere in the solar system. Appropriately for a book that is clearly designed to stimulate interest, there are solid suggestions for both books and websites for further exploration.

A good starting-place for volcano explorations. (glossary, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402758768
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: Inside Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,015,809
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Stewart
Melissa Stewart
Award-winning author Melissa Stewart has written more than 50 science books for kids (and edited more than 200)! Her background in biology and journalism makes her perfect for bringing science to kids.
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