Plate Tectonics: Earth's Moving Crust

Plate Tectonics: Earth's Moving Crust

by Darlene R. Stille
     
 

Although it may be hard to imagine, Earth's crust is constantly shifting. The crust is made up of many regions called tectonic plates that cover the planet. Throughout history, these plates have collided, moved apart, and slid past one another, resulting in the mountain ranges, islands, and ocean floors of today. The plates' awesome destructive power is evident in

Overview

Although it may be hard to imagine, Earth's crust is constantly shifting. The crust is made up of many regions called tectonic plates that cover the planet. Throughout history, these plates have collided, moved apart, and slid past one another, resulting in the mountain ranges, islands, and ocean floors of today. The plates' awesome destructive power is evident in violent earthquakes and erupting volcanoes. By studying plate tectonics, from massive fault lines to the Ring of Fire, geologists have been able to map the growth and shrinkage of the oceans and accurately predict certain natural disasters.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
It is difficult to comprehend that the earth beneath our feet is constantly moving and shifting. However, one only has to watch the news stories about earthquakes and volcanoes to see the evidence. The earth is made of four main layers: the crust, mantle, outer core, and inner core. The earth's crust consists of pieces called tectonic plates that move because the inner layers of the earth are hot and molten. At the places where the edges of the plates butt against each other, earthquakes happen, volcanoes erupt, and mountain ranges form. While the theory of plate tectonics was first proposed in the 1500s, it was not until 1912 that it gained credibility with scientists. German meteorologist Alfred Lothar Wegener fully developed the theory of continental drift, although it was many years before scientists took it seriously. The science of plate tectonics is important because being able to predict earthquakes and volcanic eruptions could save lives. An excellent resource for earth science classes, this book is from the "Exploring Science" series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756519575
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
My World Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1090L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

PWB Biography

Darlene R. Stille is a science writer and author of more than 80 books for young people. When she was in high school, she fell in love with science. While attending the University of Illinois, she discovered that she also loved writing. She was fortunate enough to find a career as an editor and writer that allowed her to combine both of her interests. Darlene lives and writes in Michigan.

CPB Biography
Darlene R. Stille is a science writer and author of more than 80 books for young people. When she was in high school, she fell in love with science. While attending the University of Illinois, she discovered that she also loved writing. She was fortunate enough to find a career as an editor and writer that allowed her to combine both of her interests. Darlene Stille now lives and writes in Michigan.
Darlene R. Stille is the award-winning author of more than 80 books for young people, including collections of biographies. She grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, where she discovered her love of writing. She now lives and writes in Michigan.

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