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Geology of the Desert Southwest: Investigate How the Earth Was Formed with 15 Projects
     

Geology of the Desert Southwest: Investigate How the Earth Was Formed with 15 Projects

by Cynthia Light Brown
 

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Venturing through two of the most diverse and fascinating regions of North America, these activity books combine the subjects of geology and physical geography while making them captivating and fun. With a different approach, this series reveals the underlying processes for kids, explaining each region’s evolution and illustrating the different forces of

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Venturing through two of the most diverse and fascinating regions of North America, these activity books combine the subjects of geology and physical geography while making them captivating and fun. With a different approach, this series reveals the underlying processes for kids, explaining each region’s evolution and illustrating the different forces of nature that have changed the continent over time. The lush forests of the Pacific Northwest, the dry and arid deserts of the Southwest, and even the volcanoes and rainforests of Hawaii are all explored in detail as the chapters chronicle the effects of plate tectonics; landforms such as mountains, plateaus, and canyons; and the elements of climates and ecosystems. A plethora of hands-on projects ensure the learning process is both engaging and entertaining, including making a swamp cooler, creating a rift zone, building a seismograph, constructing basalt columns and water wheels to harness the power of a river, fashioning moving tectonic plates, and even mimicking nature’s process of carving an arch.

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"This is a geology book, but more importantly, this is a project book about the southwestern United States. The book will work well for both science and social studies." —www.clcd.com

"Geography is addressed from the standpoint of climate influences, natural resources, and the unique relationship that people have with the southwest desert. The focus on a specific geologic area lends an intimate view of geology, creating a strong sense of place. . . . A student with a keen interest in geology or geography will find that it yields refreshing detail that general texts do not cover." —www.NSTA.org (December 2011)

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
This is a geology book, but more importantly, this is a project book about the southwestern United States. Geology is in the curriculum but is often presented in vague or distant terms. It is hard to get excited about events that happened millions of years ago. Fortunately, it is a little easier to be excited when those events changed a specific place, like the San Andreas Fault. "The San Andreas Fault System is a prime example of a transform fault system, where tectonic plates slide past each other. When sliding occurs, the landscape is sheared into slivers of mountains with deep valleys between them." Each geological feature in the book is discussed in terms of the southwest. The fifteen projects range from super-easy (cutting open a Milky Way candy bar to illustrate Earth's layers), to fairly complex (building a solar oven and learning how to purify water). The nine chapters are broken up with hand-drawings and short sidebars. The book will work well for both science and social studies. Backmatter includes a glossary, a list of resources, and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936313402
Publisher:
Nomad Press
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
Build It Yourself Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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