Plate Tectonics

Overview

Earth’s crust is always moving and changing. It is made up of many individual pieces, called plates, which move and collide, pushed and pulled by molten magma under the planet’s surface. The movement of these plates creates landforms such as mountains and trenches, and causes natural phenomena such as volcanoes and tsunamis. Scientist Alfred Wegener was among the first to recognize the existence of these plates and explain their behavior. For more information, read Alfred Wegener: Pioneer of Plate Tectonics, ...

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Overview

Earth’s crust is always moving and changing. It is made up of many individual pieces, called plates, which move and collide, pushed and pulled by molten magma under the planet’s surface. The movement of these plates creates landforms such as mountains and trenches, and causes natural phenomena such as volcanoes and tsunamis. Scientist Alfred Wegener was among the first to recognize the existence of these plates and explain their behavior. For more information, read Alfred Wegener: Pioneer of Plate Tectonics, another book in the Mission: Science series.

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Keeney
The earth is constantly evolving—recycling rock, shifting plates, and spewing molten lava. In this informative book, Greg Young thoughtfully explains complex geological phenomena in a manner that is age-appropriate for children in grades four through six. Young begins by comparing the expansive earth to a mere egg, comparing the layers that both share. It is this practical, analogous writing style that will undoubtedly captivate young readers while teaching them earth science. Plate tectonics and continental drift are presented in an interesting, comprehensible way. Each page of text is accompanied by color photographs, diagrams, and maps. The size of the graphics corresponds directly to the complexity of the topic at hand, and the text-to-graphics ratio is fairly even. Tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic hot spots are all explored. Young even includes instructions for a conclusive, easy-to-implement science activity at the end of the book. The materials and procedure are quite clearly explained, and this would be a wonderful experiment to try at home or in the classroom. This volume would be a terrific addition to any intermediate science classroom. It is part of the "Mission: Science" series. Reviewer: Jennifer Keeney
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756542320
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Woodland Animals Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 970,192
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Earth's Shifting Crust 6

Continental Drift 10

Unusual Stripes 14

Recycled Rock 16

Plate Boundaries 18

Hot Spots 26

Science Activity 30

Important People in Geology 33

Geology Through Time 34

Glossary 36

Additional Resources 38

Index 39

About the Author 40

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