Mountains

Mountains

by Peter Aleshire
     
 

The Extreme Earth set profiles 80 notable landforms, offering clear explanations of their origins, history, and structure. While similarities exist among the many lakes, mountains, or rivers of the world, the examples singled out in this set qualify as some of the biggest, highest, deepest, longest, widest, oldest, or most unusual. The books provide a detailed

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The Extreme Earth set profiles 80 notable landforms, offering clear explanations of their origins, history, and structure. While similarities exist among the many lakes, mountains, or rivers of the world, the examples singled out in this set qualify as some of the biggest, highest, deepest, longest, widest, oldest, or most unusual. The books provide a detailed narrative of how individual landforms came to exist and to occupy their unique place on the planet.

Mountains, an arresting portrait of 10 of the most unusual peaks, examines what antedated the landform, how it was formed, how and why it has changed over the span of geologic time, and its contributions to the environment. The mountains profiled range from Mount Everest in the Himalayas (the highest and most forbidding range in the world) to the Appalachian Mountains in the eastern United States (an older range that played an important role in the settlement of the North American continent). The volume begins with an essay that describes the formation and structure of mountains and a history of why they are part of the landscape all over the world.

The following mountains are covered: Mount Everst, Asia, Appalachians, North America, Alps, Europe, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North America, Sierra Nevada, western United States, Andes, South America, Mauna Kea, Hawaii's high point, Pacific Ocean, Mount Saint Helens, northwestern United States, Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa, Humphreys Peak, southwestern United States.

The book contains more than 30 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations, a special insert of 16 color photographs, a glossary of terms, a detailed list of print and Internet resources, and an index. The ExtremeEarth is an essential set for middle and high school students, teachers, and general readers.

About the Author:
Peter Aleshire, a science writer for 10 years, has also written four history books and a volume on the training of F-16 pilots

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Children's Literature - Rachel Hill
The varying shapes and sizes of mountains long baffled geologists who struggled to explain their formation. No single theory could account for the geologic variations they saw. However, years of exploration, theorizing, and discovery have led to a greater understanding of these landforms. Mountains describes some of the world's most interesting mountains and mountain ranges. Chapters highlight the following mountains: Mount Everest, the Appalachians, the Alps, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the Sierra Nevada, the Andes, Mauna Kea, Mount Saint Helens, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Humphrey's Peak. Each chapter includes facts about the mountain, including its location, history, and formation. Captioned diagrams and boxed sections with additional information, history, and related myths are included. This book contains a lot of information as well as many advanced ideas, such as detailed explanations and diagrams of mountain formations, hot spots, and plate tectonics. A glossary and an index are provided, adding to the book's usefulness. Mountains, as well as other books within the "The Extreme Earth" series, will be valuable as a resource for middle school and high school reports and projects. Due to the large amount of advanced material and information, this book will be most useful for young adult readers who have a strong background in reading and geologic science. This book will be a useful addition to middle school and high school libraries. Reviewer: Rachel Hill

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816059188
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Series:
Extreme Earth Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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