A Project Guide to Volcanoes

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Mysterious and powerful, volcanoes remind us that nature is in charge. We watch in awe as they erupt with fiery rivers of lava or with explosions that bury whole towns in ash. Volcanoes literally turn the earth inside out, bringing hot molten rock from deep inside the earth to the surface. Learn more about the spectacular geology behind volcanoes with twelve fun science projects you can do yourself. You'll think like a volcanologist as you build a model volcano that really erupts, re-create the formation of Hawaii, and make your own power station using the heat that powers volcanic eruptions. Get up close and personal with the destructive forces of the earth!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—These books give readers hands-on experience with select scientific principles and phenomena. Each one includes a short introduction to the topic along with 14 varied projects and concluding lists of additional resources for background reading, supplies, and Internet sites. The projects include both original and recycled ideas and vary from building models to simulations to data collection and drawing inferences. The skill levels range from simple exercises such as producing static electricity (Wind) to far-more-involved projects like discovering the characteristics of an earthquake-resistant building (Earthquakes). Adult support is indicated throughout for safety concerns, but it will also be essential for deciphering directions and clarifying results since many projects end abruptly without discussion or extensions. The experiments' dense, numbered steps include an occasional snapshot-quality photo that often fails to clarify the directions. Other than in The Solar System, many diagrams and charts appear squeezed in and lack captions. These titles may provide ideas for science instruction, but their shelf appeal is limited.—Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584158684
  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2010
  • Series: Earth Science Projects for Kids Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Mapping Volcanoes 8

Build Paricutin, a Papier-Mâché Cinder Cone 10

Build Kilauea, a Shield Volcano 13

Build Mount Krispies, a Stratovolcano 15

Frosting Hot Spots 18

Eruption in a Bottle 22

Lava Viscosity and Flow 26

Lava Bombs 29

Volcanic Ash: Small Particles, Big Effects 32

Igneous Fudge 35

Geothermal Power: Green Energy from Volcanoes 38

Measuring Eruptions 41

Further Reading 44

Books 44

Works Consulted 44

On the Internet 45

Glossary 45

Index 47

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