This book challenges readers to become volcanic-eruption predictors. Using Mt. St. Helens and its spectacular 1980 eruption as well as other smaller eruptions there as "the suspect," a variety of clues-on temperature, ground deformation, etc.-are presented, and their significance to the pre-1980 mountain is explained. Finally, scenarios describe other, smaller volcanic events on Mt. St. Helens, and detective-readers are asked to deduce from the conditions whether an explosion happened or not. A concluding page in each chapter gives the answer. The text is breezy, its light humor masking the fact that it is packed with information. Each chapter contains an easy experiment, ranging from creating a soda-bottle eruption to acting as a "human seismograph," that's suitable for science projects or classroom use. Cartoons and color photographs keep step with the text, and green topic boxes (explaining how scientists collect rocks from inside a crater, how they measure telltale gases in the air, and more) are liberally sprinkled throughout. Team this with titles like Melvin and Hilda Berger's Why Do Volcanoes Blow Their Tops? (Scholastic, 2000), Donna O'Meara's personal Into the Volcano (Kids Can, 2005), and/or Chris Hayhurst's Volcanologists (Rosen, 2003) for expanded use of this work describing a real-life volcano, its geological messages, and the scientists who decipher the language of the Earth to predict the next blast.
Patricia ManningCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Will It Blow?: Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helensby Elizabeth Rusch
Mount St. Helens is a master of disguises, adept at sending out false clues. Can anyone figure out what's going on with this active volcano in Washington State? This illustrated book presents a wealth of easily digested information covering underground gases, earthquakes, infrared measurements, bumps on earth's surface, and other factors to help the
Mount St. Helens is a master of disguises, adept at sending out false clues. Can anyone figure out what's going on with this active volcano in Washington State? This illustrated book presents a wealth of easily digested information covering underground gases, earthquakes, infrared measurements, bumps on earth's surface, and other factors to help the budding Sherlock Holmes crack the case. With sidebars about the latest gadgets and gizmos, youngsters learn about volcanology while having fun.
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- 8.60(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.30(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
When ELIZABETH RUSCH was 13, she was glued to the television in her home in Connecticut watching the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. At the time she didn’t even know that the United States had any active volcanoes. She knows better now. Rusch lives in Portland, OR.
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