Explores the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and how that event has sculpted societies, the sciences, and politics.
Humanity’s impact on the natural world can have disastrous effects. Invasive Species shines a light on the global problem of invasive species. With abundant charts and diagrams and large-format photos, this title explores the science behind how species become invasive and the damages they cause ecosystems around the world, and considers actions people and governments can take to try to improve the situation. Features include a flow chart showing the disaster’s causes and effects, a glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
An historical account of extreme weather events and climate patterns, including human events leading up to observable changes, the people involved in studying trends, and the lingering aftermath.
A look at the causes and global effects of the 1969 moon landing, which led to further space exploration and eventually encouraged international cooperation rather than competition.
Some commodities command massive economic, social, and political influence. This title examines the business around gold, one of the most sought-after and valuable metals on Earth. It explores gold’s historical significance as a monetary standard and as the motivator for boom-or-bust expansion as well as gold’s contemporary ties to underdeveloped economies, the environment, and technological innovation. Features include essential facts, a glossary, selected bibliography, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
Medicine developed into a science in the 1800s, but it was a long evolution from folk remedies and superstition to a modern understanding of how the human body works and how disease is spread. Throughout much of the century, the life expectancy of the average American was decades shorter than it is now. A lack of understanding of simple hygiene contributed to the early death of many women after childbirth, and children routinely died of common childhood diseases like measles. An incorrectly treated broken arm could kill a healthy young man, and pain, disfigurement, and epidemic disease was the fate of many Americans. Traditional herbal remedies were sometimes the best treatments available, while patent medicines often contained toxic substances, and medical procedures were often painful, disgusting, and ultimately useless. The dedicated scientists and medical researchers of the 1800s made a tremendous contribution to the health and happiness of Americans.
The farmers, workers, and pioneers of America in the 1800s were nourished by a tradition of hearty, down home cooking that is still a part of our national cuisine - New England baked beans, roast beef, turkey, corn on the cob, and pumpkin pies. With roots in the British Isles, and with important contributions from Native American food plants and cooking techniques, American food and drink quality and seasonal variety was vastly improved during the 1800s by new technologies in transportation, food storage, hygiene, and preservation, growing national and world markets, and not least the delicious ethnic cuisines of new immigrant groups. Hungry for innovation, quality, and economy, Americans in the 1800s became the best fed nation in the history of the world!