Not a Drop to Drink: Water for a Thirsty World

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Water is one of Earth’s hot environmental topics. The scarcity of clean drinking water will have dramatic consequences for humanity in the 21st century: water disputes could spark regional conflict, while increased desertification and drought could affect world food supplies and the future of farming. Not a Drop to Drink conveys a clear message to young readers about this precious commodity and our urgent need to conserve it.

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Overview

Water is one of Earth’s hot environmental topics. The scarcity of clean drinking water will have dramatic consequences for humanity in the 21st century: water disputes could spark regional conflict, while increased desertification and drought could affect world food supplies and the future of farming. Not a Drop to Drink conveys a clear message to young readers about this precious commodity and our urgent need to conserve it.

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Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Part of the "National Geographic Investigates" series, Not a Drop to Drink dips into topics of global warming, fresh water supplies, water wars, and the unexplored ocean. As with any product from National Geographic, the photographs are outstanding. Three or four photographs appear on every double page spread, depicting amazing natural backgrounds and the scientists who are studying these areas. Text, graphics, and page layouts are also visually attractive and designed to hold the attention of even the most reluctant reader. In each chapter, scientists of both genders are featured. While the pictures feature people from all races and cultures, the scientists that are pictured are most often white. Although the text is organized in a way that could be read from cover to cover, with each topic building on the previous ones, it is also accessible as a resource that might be used for only the content of one chapter for a specific assignment. Endnotes include a glossary, bibliography, featured websites, and an index. The writing is clear and easy to read. Because of the scientific language necessary, the readability fluctuates between eighth and tenth grade level. Reviewer: Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
Even though water covers almost three-quarters of the earth's surface, fresh drinking water is difficult to find in some areas of the world. Scientists (such as members of ClicOPEN, Climate Coastal Peninsula) are currently researching the balance between water and life on earth, as well as finding ways to bring potable water to all humans. Global warming and pollution have created changes in the seas and lakes, resulting in sometimes drastic changes to the ecosystems of the world. Droughts in Africa are given some relief by inventions that help bring more water to the surface and purify it for drinking. In the United States, a study of the Mississippi river and the Great Lakes shows that the rising temperatures have resulted in more algae, which robs the water of oxygen that other water creatures need. The ocean is still a vastly unexplored region that could yield further clues to the future of water on this planet. This very informative book is packed with lots of current information, numerous photos, and aids such as time lines and a glossary. An excellent resource for biology and current event classes. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426303609
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Series: NG Investigates Science Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,424,888
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NC1130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 1.70 (w) x 2.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents


Message From the Consultant 8 North America's Watery Backbone 9 Timeline of Water-Related Milestones 10
1 Water Everywhere 12 Looking for answers Big help from tiny tubes Why water matters The water cycle Studying water Accidental science
2 Warming Water 20 Greenhouse gases and the oceans Oceans in motion Clues from the past Studying decay
"Current events"
More Quakes?
3 Disappearing Water 28 Short supplies Tracking drought from space The human factor A day for water Drought or new desert?
4 Supply and Demand 36 Irrigation drains groundwater Water wars Water consumption in different world regions The search for safer water Water wonders Salt solutions Up on the roof
5 A Continent's Backbone 44 A joint effort Great lakes, huge stakes New water worries
"Strangling" water
6 More to Explore 50 Earth's last undiscovered region New AUV on the block Preserving a food supply The underwater workhorses Meet a volcanologist What Lies Ahead 58 Glossary 59 Bibliography 60 Further Reading 60 On the Web 60 Index 61 About the Author and Consultant 63 Credits 64
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