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The Science of a Bridge Collapse

The Science of a Bridge Collapse

by Nikole Brooks Bethea




The environment is subjected to many natural and manmade disasters, from devastating hurricanes to explosive volcanoes to destructive oil spills. Look inside this book to learn about the science behind one of these deadly events, including why it happens, what its effects are, and how scientists are working to predict or prevent it. The Disaster Science series highlights the role of science in saving lives and property during disasters. Clear text, informative diagrams, and relevant sidebars engage students in learning about the real-world impact of scientists' work. Next Generation Science Standards Features, Science topics can be difficult or confusing to tackle. This book not only makes science understandable, but also goes behind the scenes to describe the real processes scientists use to reach conclusions and reduce loss of life and property in disasters. To build your knowledge of how science works, this book contains features that will help you learn the basics of science as outlined by the Next Generation Science Standards. Look for the following features throughout the book: How Science Works, These special sidebars discuss a specific example of how scientists study a disaster. You will learn how experiments, evidence, and analysis help us understand the world around us. Case Study, These features look at a major disaster and how it changed the way scientists understand that particular disaster type. Vivid details and photos bring the disaster and its aftermath to life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631376689
Publisher: Cherry Lake Pub
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Series: 21st Century Skills Library: Disaster Science
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Disastrous Design 4

Chapter 2 Collapse by Scour 12

Chapter 3 Overloading Bridges 16

Chapter 4 Environmental Forces 20

Chapter 5 Collision and Accidents 26

Top Five Worst Bridge Collapses 30

Learn more 31

Glossary 32

Index 32

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