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Children's LiteratureMauna Loa is the largest volcano in the world, and it is located in Hawaii. Pictures of this natural phenomenon throughout this book give a close up look for those who may never get to visit Mauna Loa. Fast facts and a map of the location, climate, and eruption history are included. The history of Mauna Loa is explained in brief, different types of lava are defined, and the study of plate tectonics and the formation of volcanoes are mentioned. It includes descriptions of life including plants, animals, and of the people who live in and around Mauna Loa. Explorers and scientists who were important in discovering more information about the volcano are introduced. This book is a part of the "Natural Wonders" series and each book includes what you need to know if you visit this natural wonder, and pros and cons of an important issue relating to the natural wonder. This book points out the arguments for and against relocating people away from the volcano. The back of the book also gives a timeline, a short quiz to review the book, a list for further reading, websites, and a glossary. Highly recommended for libraries and classrooms. 2004, Weigl Publishers, Ages 8 to 12.
—Marcie Flinchum Atkins