Volcanoes on Earth

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Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
A volcano like Mt. St. Helens or Mt. Vesuvius is created when land areas move and create a crack in the earth's surface. Deep below the earth, it is so hot that the temperature melts rock. This hot rock liquid, known as magma, is thrust out of the earth's depths and up through the cracks in the earth. When this happens, the protrusion in the earth is called a volcano and the magma escaping is called lava. Volcanoes are only found in certain areas of the world, mostly along a coastline of a country or in bodies of water. The magma that comes through the cracks in the earth will harden when they reach the atmosphere and may form a mountain or an island if they are located underwater. Diagrams of the structure of a volcano, mixed with actual photos of eruptions and the after affects of a volcano, will peak the curiosity of these young readers. Words in bold print are included in a glossary at the end of the text, which also includes an index. The thirty-two-page length makes it a good resource for elementary students, as well as a welcome addition to science classrooms. This series, "Looking at Earth," includes titles about earth and the sun, oceans, landforms, and this title about volcanoes. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778732150
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/15/2008
  • Series: Looking at Earth
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,537,466
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: IG690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents


What is a volcano?     4
Why volcanoes erupt     6
Flow or explode?     8
Hot lava     10
Active volcanoes     12
Dormant or extinct?     14
Mount Vesuvius     16
Volcano shapes     18
Craters and domes     20
What is a caldera?     22
Under water and ice     24
The Ring of Fire     26
Other hot stuff     28
Studying volcanoes     30
Help from volcanoes     31
Words to know and Index     32
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