The Science of an Avalanche

The Science of an Avalanche

by Carol Hand


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The environment is subjected to many natural and manmade disasters, from dangerous avalanches to massive tsunamis to destructive nuclear plant explosions. 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. 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: 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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633625006
Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2015
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 9 - 13 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Avalanche in the Cascade Mountains 4

Chapter 2 What Causes an avalanche? 10

Chapter 3 What Happens in an Avalanche? 16

Chapter 4 Avalanches and Climate 20

Chapter 5 Avalanche safety and prevention 24

Top Five Worst Avalanche Events 30

Learn More 31

Glossary 32

Index 32

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