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by Ann O. Squire

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
America, like all modern countries, requires vast amounts of energy to function. Most of that energy is generated from the use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. These fuel sources are non-renewable and often controlled by other societies. Hence, one of the great issues facing modern societies is the acquisition of resources that allow energy to be generated and are in their control. In recent years, a new mining process known as hydrofracking has come into the limelight. Hydrofracking involves the use of complex drilling with chemicals and pressure to create cracks in underground shale formations. These cracks are then expanded to allow embedded natural gas to be released and harvested. Hydrofracking allows previously unreachable deposits of natural gas to be exploited, thereby creating vast reserves of fossil fuels. However, as Ann O. Squire ably notes in this volume of the illustrated "Cornerstones of History" series, hydrofracking is not without detractors. A primary issue revolves around its environmental impact, due to the use of toxic chemicals, potential despoliation of aquifers, and the release of methane gas in the mining process. In this book, readers will learn about the process of hydrofracking and both viewpoints about it. Well-written and carefully researched, Ann Squire's book will serve its readers well as it tackles a highly relevant social science issue. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Cornerstones of Freedom, Third Series
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
1090L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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