Moving Earth

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Children's Literature - RevaBeth Russell
The "Science of Catastrophe" series uses science to explain what happened in different disasters and excels in being accurate and readable. The series also has artistic illustrations and detailed diagrams of the science involved and the price is affordable. Reading about disasters such as the landslide in El Salvador (2001), the avalanche in France (2008), the earthquake in Haiti (2010) to the ancient caldera collapse in Yellowstone, USA (640,000 years ago), one learns that the earth is constantly changing. A cliff can collapse, as it did in 2010 in the Caribbean, because the ocean erodes the rock cliffs even if the rock is made of granite. Avalanches are caused from a mixture of snow, ice, and rocks and some trigger. The avalanche in France was probably caused by a falling bunch of ice called a serac. A quick look in the glossary explains that a serac is a large block or tower of ice where snow collects and freezes. The asteroid impact 65.5 million years ago caused the Earth to vibrate like a bell causing more tectonic plate movement and volcanoes. There are explanations of volcanoes that vertically erupt with pyroclastic and lava flows compared to sideways blasts, low pressure and dome collapse volcanoes. The dome collapse of Mount Pelee in 1902 killed 30,000 people. An inactive volcano can be the location of lake overturn or "exploding lake" when carbon dioxide has accumulated and then invisibly escapes from the lake and spreads out. Each book has a world map showing where each disaster happened, giving the reader a little bit of geography knowledge along with the science. Much of an earth science curriculum is covered in this friendly, engaging book. Reviewer: RevaBeth Russell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778775768
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,018,240
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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