Volcanoes (Witness to Disaster Series)

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Your world is about to change forever. Beneath your feet, a molten hell brews—and its boiling fury can no longer be contained within the Earth's thin crust.

A farmer's field in Mexico is about to become the birthplace of the 2,000-foot high volcano known as Paracutin. Volcanoes brings you the shocking first-person reports of those who have witnessed the violent rage of a volcanic eruption.

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Overview

Your world is about to change forever. Beneath your feet, a molten hell brews—and its boiling fury can no longer be contained within the Earth's thin crust.

A farmer's field in Mexico is about to become the birthplace of the 2,000-foot high volcano known as Paracutin. Volcanoes brings you the shocking first-person reports of those who have witnessed the violent rage of a volcanic eruption.

Why do volcanoes erupt? What strange, changed landscapes do they leave behind? How can scientists predict future volcanic activity? And where were the deadliest eruptions in history? Students will find all the answers in detailed chapters on the science and history of nature's most primordial phenomena.

Every young reader will respond to eyewitness accounts of landscapes suddenly alive with sulfuric gases, ashes spread across vast areas, and boiling hot lava consuming everything in its path. Prepare to be awestruck.

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Describes the characteristics of volcanoes, why and how they erupt, and how eruptions are predicted. Also discusses famous volcanoes throughout the world and describes the May, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
It is hard to believe that someone could actually witness the birth of a volcano, but it is vividly described in the opening chapter. The volcano began in a Mexican cornfield near the town of Paticutin, which is how the volcano was named. It eventually buried the town and another that was established twenty miles away. The Fradin's explain how the word volcano came to be used to describe these mountains created by the erupting material. They also describe some of the more recent eruptions and that of Mt. Vesuvius that covered Pompeii and Herculaneum. It is an awesome sight to visit these excavations and realize the immense power of volcanoes and their destructive forces. Some have impacted the weather, such as the blast of Tambora which put so much dust in the air that the sun's light was reflected away and the earth's temperature dropped. Volcanoes also made the earth the lush habitat it is. Volcanic eruptions have formed islands such as those of Japan and Greenland. The Hawaiian Islands are the tops of volcanoes and the lava, rich in minerals, provides fertile farmland. They can also be a source of energy to generate electricity and to provide heat. Any student undertaking a book report or anyone traveling to visit a volcano would find this book valuable. It has fabulous photographs, a well-written and informative text and back matter which contains a glossary and places to go for further information, as well as a bibliography. Another very good selection for any public or personal library collection.
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The Fradins cover well-traveled territory here in describing the causes of volcanoes and several of the better known eruptions-but they add an unusual slant by interviewing 20 scientists and eyewitnesses, tucking in brief comments from each. The accompanying photos aren't all repeats either. Added to the familiar scenes of lava flows down Kilauea, an aerial view of Santorini and Mount St. Helens's collapse are arresting shots of a car-and a town in Iceland-nearly buried in ash, massive lightning strikes in the cloud over Surtsey and an Indonesian child wearing a homemade loose-leaf paper mask after the 2006 eruption of Mount Merapi. Young readers will get a good sense of the awesome scale of a volcanic eruption, as well as a dose of basic background information. (maps, glossary, multimedia resource lists) (Nonfiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792253778
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Witness to Disaster Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.11 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith and Dennis Fradin have published over 150 books for children. They have won many awards, including the 2004 SCBWI Golden Kite Honor book award for The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine. Their most recent National Geographic title 5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft’s Flight from Slavery was named one of Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of the Year, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and received a Blue Ribbon from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.
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Table of Contents


"A Sight Few Other Humans Had Seen": A Volcano's Birth     6
"The World's Biggest Firecrackers": The Science of Volcanology     12
"Dear God, Help Me Breathe": Famous Eruptions     20
"Shapers of Our Planet"     30
"Ring of Fire": Predicting Eruptions     36
Glossary     44
Further Reading and Research     45
Bibliography and Interviews     46
Acknowlegments     47
Index     48
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