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Plate Tectonics

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Have you ever experienced an earthquake or watched a volcanic eruption on the news? Well-known science writers Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn explain the theory of plate tectonics and how moving plates can cause some of the scariest natural disasters: earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. The authors also explore how plate tectonics are changing our planet, and how they could affect our future on Earth.

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Overview

Have you ever experienced an earthquake or watched a volcanic eruption on the news? Well-known science writers Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn explain the theory of plate tectonics and how moving plates can cause some of the scariest natural disasters: earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. The authors also explore how plate tectonics are changing our planet, and how they could affect our future on Earth.

Discusses plate tectonics, the theory that the surface of the earth is always moving, and the connection of this phenomenon to earthquakes and volcanoes.

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Gr 7-10-These veteran science writers outline the development of Western civilization's ideas about the structure of the earth, and accurately present the plate tectonic theory as the currently dominant view. After explaining how scientists confirmed it, they lay out its ramifications, including how volcanoes and earthquakes occur, calling them "earth's safety valves." The authors conclude by mentioning prospects for predicting earthquakes and eruptions, uses of geothermal energy, and examples of plate tectonics on other planets. The writing is clear, with several real-life examples to add immediacy and relevance to the text. The full-color photos, maps, and diagrams are for the most part well captioned and informative. There are a couple of minor slips, e.g., the citation for the map of the tectonic plates is incorrectly paged, and a photo that is supposed to show the flow of molten iron and nickel in the outer part of the earth's core is confusing. The list for further reading includes several pages of Internet addresses. Roy Gallant's Earth Marshall Cavendish, 1998 lacks the color illustrations but covers the same topics in greater depth and has a more reliable selection of Web sites. Sean Grady's Plate Tectonics Lucent, 1991; o.p. has better diagrams of earthquake waves but doesn't draw as close connections with biological evolution as the Silversteins do. All in all, a competent introduction to the topic.-Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761339366
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Lerner Science Concepts Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Alvin Silverstein is a former Professor of Biology and Director of the Physician Assistant Program at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. Virginia B. Silverstein is a translator of Russian scientific literature. The Silversteins have produced more than two hundred published books that have received high acclaim from reviewers for their clear, timely, and authoritative coverage of science and health topics. Laura Silverstein Nunn, a graduate of Kean College, began helping with the research for her parents' books while she was in high school. Since joining the writing team, she has coauthored more than eighty books, including titles in the ENDANGERED IN AMERICA series, the SCIENCE CONCEPTS series, the SENSES AND SENSORS series, and the WHAT A PET! series. Laura lives with her husband Matt and their son Cory.

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