Few natural disasters are more frightening, sudden, and deadly than an avalanche.
Huge waves of ice and snow pouring down a steep mountain can cause tremendous amounts of damage. Readers (Grades 3-5) will learn about some of the most devastating avalanches in history and find out how rescue operations are carried out. They will also discover how experts predict avalanches and what people can do to stay out of harm's way during these extreme events.
Table of Contents
1 The Winter of terror: When was the Winter of Terror, and how did it get its name? 7
2 White Death: What makes an avalanche so dangerous? 13
Working to Save Lives: How does the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research help people avoid avalanches? 20
3 When Disaster Struck: What are some of the worst avalanches in history? 23
4 Rescue and Survival: How can you survive and avalanche? 31
5 Preventing Avalanches: How are experts working to prevent and divert avalanches? 39
True Statistics 44
Important Words 46
About the Author 48