Is the Bermuda Triangle Really a Dangerous Place?: And Other Questions about the Ocean

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Sharks can smell blood in ocean water from more than a mile away.

The moon controls the tides.

A mass of plastic as large as Texas is floating in the Pacific Ocean.

You may have heard these common sayings or beliefs before. But are they really true? Can they be proven through research? Let's investigate seventeen statements about the ocean and find out which ones are right, which ones are wrong, and which ones...

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Overview

Sharks can smell blood in ocean water from more than a mile away.

The moon controls the tides.

A mass of plastic as large as Texas is floating in the Pacific Ocean.

You may have heard these common sayings or beliefs before. But are they really true? Can they be proven through research? Let's investigate seventeen statements about the ocean and find out which ones are right, which ones are wrong, and which ones stump even the experts! Find out whether sea jellies have brains. Discover whether the world's oldest animals really live in the ocean. See if you can tell the difference between fact and fiction with Is That a Fact?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761360971
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Series: Is That a Fact? Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Stewart
Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 100 nonfiction books for children. Her lifelong fascination with the natural world led her to earn a B.S. in biology and M.A. in science journalism. When Melissa isn't writing or speaking to children or educators, she's usually exploring the fields, forests, and wetlands near her home in Massachusetts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    This interesting book about "common sayings and beliefs" about the ocean will fascinate the young reader ...

    There are some awesome tidbits of trivia you can glean from books, but have you really ever wondered if there's "a mass of plastic as large as Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean? Probably not, but in reality there is one. The name for this ocean dump is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its "located halfway between California and Hawaii." You'll learn several interesting things about this garbage from how it got there, what it consists of, and how long it takes for garbage to get to this strange patch. And then there is that question about the Bermuda Triangle. Is it really as dangerous as people claim it is? Now that isn't a question that scientists couldn't definitively answer one way or the other, but probably might say, "well, sort of." You'll get to see where it is located on a map, why it might have more than an average amount of accidents, and you'll be able to take a look at a picture of a diver checking out an old shipwreck on the bottom of the ocean floor.

    Of course there are many interesting facts about the ocean, its inhabitants, and goings on there because "the surface of the World Ocean covers about 140 million square miles (363 million sq. km)." That's a lot of water, but there are also a lot of movies and stories about sea creatures. Some of them are documentaries, but there are others about weird creatures. This book will ask, "Do giant beasts with long, waving tentacles and eyes as large as dinner plates really live in the ocean?" Mmmmm! You'll have to take a look at a photograph and read about what some "terrified sailors" did to save their boat from a Kraken. Fact or fiction? You'll just have to read the book to find out! In this book you'll read about gold in the ocean, loud animals, the tallest mountain in the world, the ocean tides, coral reefs, sea jellies, volcanoes, sharks, seas dragons, the ocean's oldest animals, and you'll learn many fascinating, fun facts when questions about them are answered.

    This interesting book about "common sayings and beliefs" about the ocean will fascinate the young reader. There are seventeen statements posed in the form of questions in this book, each one followed up by some amazing factual material. All of the answers are backed up with scientific data in most cases, but one thing for sure is that this is a fun read. The layout is quite lively and the photographs, artwork, and maps are visually appealing. The questions have wide appeal and will draw in everyone from the reluctant reader to the young student who may be looking for a topic for a school report. Topics could include environmental concerns, marine life, myths, history, and things such as geothermal energy. This is one of many in the "Is That a Fact?" series. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, a selected bibliography, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore.

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