The Scholastic Environmental Atlas of the United States

The Scholastic Environmental Atlas of the United States

by Mark T. Mattson
     
 

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The only environmental atlas for young readers that emphasizes U.S. ecological issues and concerns, this graphically superb, up-to-date resource is designed with the needs and interests of today's environment-conscious students in mind. Covers the pre-historic era through today. Full-color illustrations.

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The only environmental atlas for young readers that emphasizes U.S. ecological issues and concerns, this graphically superb, up-to-date resource is designed with the needs and interests of today's environment-conscious students in mind. Covers the pre-historic era through today. Full-color illustrations.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-While this attractive, oversized volume is chock-full of environmental data, it is not to be used as a primary resource. The author looks at some global issues (e.g., the ozone layer), but focuses on the uses and abuses of natural resources in the U.S. The coverage is extremely broad and no topic is discussed in much depth. Mattson also suggests ways youngsters can reduce pollution where they live and includes a list of youth organizations for them to contact for information or to become proactive. Students can dip into the book and use its many full-color maps and graphic representations to enhance their state reports or earth science research, but many of the explanations are oversimplified to the point of being misleading and may raise more questions than they answer. The bold graphics are bright and, for the most part, clearly labeled. Some of the color coding is problematic. Maps such as ``How does Your State Rate on Enviromental Issues?, in which the states are shown to be either ``not good,'' ``average,'' ``good,'' or ``very good''-without any description of what this means-are of little value. There are whole books devoted to many of the topics included here: ecosystems, acid rain, erosion, population, pollution, endangered species, and waste disposal to name a few. This atlas provides some up-to-date statistics (also available elsewhere), but will not take the place of the titles already on library shelves.-Luann Toth, School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590493543
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/1993
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
11.06(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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