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Super Structures by John Malam, Mark Bergin

The Eiffel Tower, in Paris, France, took only two years to build and was the tallest structure in the world when completed in 1889. The Petronas Towers, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia currently hold the record and are 1,483 ft (452 m) tall.

What are skyscrapers made of? How were early homes built? Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean? From town houses to tower blocks, shrines to skyscrapers, find out about the amazing structures dreamed up by architects and made into reality by skilled engineers and builders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780531164419
Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Series: Fast Forward Series
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 9 - 13 Years

Table of Contents

Building Materials: From mud and stone to glass and plastic6
World-Famous Structures: Some of the most well-known structures around the world: over 4,000 years of human achievement8
Power Building: Grand structures symbolizing wealth and power12
The Parthenon, Athens: The construction of this amazing temple more than 2,400 years ago16
The Colosseum, Rome: A marvel of Roman architectural and engineering skill17
Building for Worship: Cathedrals, churches, mosques, and other religious buildings18
Bridges and Tunnels: The greatest challenges for architects and engineers provide some of the most spectacular structures22
Building High: Tall buildings built before 1900, many of which are still standing today24
Building Higher: The towers, skyscrapers, and other structures of the 20th and 21st centuries27
Structures in Space: The biggest engineering project ever undertaken is now in progress in space28
Glossary30
Super Structures Facts31
Index32

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