The World's Most Amazing Mountains

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Which mountain has the highest point on the Earth's surface? Why is K2 known as the "Savage Mountain"? Which species of frog lives only on Table Mountain? The world has many mountains--from high, snowy peaks to wide, flat, plateaus. Find out about the incredible weather systems that help shape these landforms, the animals make their homes here, and the brave explorers who first climbed them.
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Overview

Which mountain has the highest point on the Earth's surface? Why is K2 known as the "Savage Mountain"? Which species of frog lives only on Table Mountain? The world has many mountains--from high, snowy peaks to wide, flat, plateaus. Find out about the incredible weather systems that help shape these landforms, the animals make their homes here, and the brave explorers who first climbed them.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5–These books open with a short overview of the landform and close with an outline of the environmental dangers to it. In between, a spread each describes the most (or, often, “one of the most”) extreme example of that feature. Entries consist of two short paragraphs of text; large, clear photographs; a sidebar of facts (some of the “That’s Amazing” listings are more tragic than amazing), and a small continent map with the place highlighted. While the color photographs are enjoyable, they do not always provide a sense of the feature. Coasts discusses the Curonian Spit, for example, but the photo shows dunes that could be on any coast. Some of the secondary features described are not shown; instead there are stock photos of something else. Also, it is not always clear why a landform is included. Explanations are overly brief and simplistic: Volcanoes provides nothing on plate tectonics, instead stating only that “Where there are cracks in Earth’s surface, the hot, liquid rock, called lava, can escape.” The opening explanation of the type of landform and the closing environmental information in these books can easily be found elsewhere. Finding the “Most Amazing” example of each formation will take a little more work, but the information provided in sources such as encyclopedias will be more thorough than that found here.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410937124
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Series: Landform Top Tens Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: IG900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Mountains 4

Mount Everest 6

Kilimanjaro 8

Aconcagua 10

Mount McKinley 12

Mount Cook 14

Mount Vinson 16

Mount Elbrus 18

Table Mountain 20

Matterhorn 22

K2-Mount Godwin-Austen 24

Mountains in Danger 26

Mountain Facts and Figures 28

Find Out More 30

Glossary 31

Index 32

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