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Children's LiteratureVolcanic forces have shaped much of our earth. The reader is introduced to the various kinds of eruptions that take place and the kinds of materials that come to the surface-lava, gas, steam, or a combination. Of the 1500 active volcanoes on Earth, over 65 of them are in the United States. Because eruptions can happen on land or underwater, 8 to 12 eruptions may be taking place at any given moment. The photographs and illustrations aid the reader in understanding the information presented. The author gives the reader many facts about the effects of volcanoes on people, weather, plants, and land. Volcanoes aren't always the best neighbors but they do have good benefits. This is another in "The KidHaven Science Library" that is worthy of belonging on your bookshelf. A glossary, Web links and index aid the reader in using this information. 2003, KidHaven Press, Ages 7 to 12.
— Barbara Youngblood