Gemstones are more than just pretty rocks. These stones serve a purpose far beyond jewelry or decoration! In this book, beautiful photos and interesting text combine to create a fascinating glimpse into the world of gemstones. Many special features turn this into a stand-out introduction to the subject, including a gemstone profile, comparison features, a formation diagram, and an activity. The text, photos, and features combine to create an engaging read sure to strike readers’ interest in gemstones!
Snowflakes float gently through the air. Aged cheeses add the perfect flavor to an afternoon snack. Gas stoves boil water for pasta. Each of these everyday objects contains crystals! They are in nature, in food, and in many of the appliances and electronics we use every day. This title explores the ins and outs of crystals, from how they are structured and how they form to how we use them. Special features such as a crystal profile, an activity, and several formation diagrams help readers understand the complex world of crystals!
Time for a fossil hunt! Digging through a layer of sedimentary rock, scientists uncover many relics of prehistoric Earth. Tiny trilobites prove that a vast desert was once an ocean. Huge dinosaur fossils show where dinosaurs once roamed! With this title, readers will learn about the types of fossils, how they form, and why scientists study them today. This title includes engaging special features such as a fossil profile, a fossil comparison chart, formation diagrams, and more, all designed to introduce readers to the fascinating world of fossils.
For most of us, igneous rocks are no more than a stone’s throw away. These underrated rocks make up more than half of Earth’s crust! Not only that, but they have many uses in building, medicine, and other industries. This title dives deep into the properties, types, formation, and uses of igneous rocks. Special features designed to visually engage readers such as a profile, an activity, formation diagrams, and a rock cycle chart, complete this fact-filled read.
Metamorphic rocks form deep below Earth’s surface. Over thousands of years, they make their way to the surface. Then they are collected for use as building materials, sharpened tools, and even fertilizer! Interesting text and vivid photos engage readers in this fascinating book about metamorphic rocks. Additional special features, such as a rock profile, formation diagrams, and a rock cycle chart, will help underscore the key features of these useful rocks for confident students who are reading to learn.
Sedimentary rocks are the only type of rocks that contain fossils! But that’s not the only reason sedimentary rocks are important. Scientists study the rocks to learn about Earth’s history, while other people collect the rocks for use in construction, farming, and even art. This title introduces readers to these useful rocks, including information about how to identify them, how they form, and how people use them. Special features, including a profile, an activity, and formation diagrams, help highlight the key features of sedimentary rocks in this title for curious readers.
Discover what earthquakes are and how they are caused. Find out how scientists measure earthquakes, and what makes some earthquakes so much more destructive than others. Read about some of the most serious earthquake disasters in history, and how people can be better prepared in the future.
This book contains photographs, diagrams, and text describing the various types of shorelines, including sandy and rocky shores, barrier islands, and coral reefs. Reading Essentials in Science.
This book discusses the major roles water plays in all living things, including how it affects the weather, shapes the land, and nourishes plants and animals. Reading Essentials in Science.
Presents readers with the 12 most devastating floods of all time. Each chapter provides historical facts, the cause of each flood, and why they were the worst. Features full-color photos, compelling text with interesting facts, and a 'Staying Safe' section that covers safety procedures in the event of a flood.
Presents readers with the 12 most devastating hurricanes of all time. Each chapter provides historical facts, how each hurricane started, and why they were the worst. Features full-color photos, compelling text with interesting facts, and a 'Staying Safe' section that covers safety procedures in the event of a hurricane.
Presents readers with the 12 worst tornadoes of all time. Each chapter provides historical facts, the strenth of each tornado, and why they were the worst. Features full-color photos, compelling text with interesting facts, and a 'Staying Safe' section that covers safety procedures in the event of a tornado.
What is a disaster? Is being ill a disaster? What about 75 million dying in the Black Death? Find out what makes disasters happen before reading The Eruption to learn who to trust when a volcano erupts.
What goes on inside the Earth? What is the longest tunnel in the world? Do people really live in caves? Can you live, work, and shop - all underground? Could you really travel to the center of the Earth? Find out about fossils - and the bones of dragons! It's all in here. Then read The Railway Ghost, a story about what happens when the past meets the present - and you are facing death!
Describes the deepest part of the ocean, called the abyss, and explains how, with new equipment and technology, humans are beginning to learn more about the abyss and the creatures who live there.
Although Comstock Lode made many people near Virginia City rich, it left a torn and tattered town. The lesson of the Comstock Lode legacy is that what people have done in the past affects people today. And what we do today can affect the world tomorrow.
Geologists study earthquakes and volcanoes and are fascinated by the power of Earth’s processes. They want to understand why the earth shifts and erupts, and figure out how to better predict and plan for these hazards. This title aims to create meaningful connections between the scientific concepts readers learn in the classroom and how they are applied in the real world by geologists searching for answers.
This fascinating book looks at modern methods of mapping that allow us to show and evaluate human behavior and interactions, as well as the impact humans have on the environment. Examples of mapping human activity include such areas of interest as crime, accidents, busy city streets, travel, or the spread of disease.
In this amazing title, readers will explore the possibilities new developments in technology are opening up for making maps. Mapmakers are using satellite data to map the locations of people and objects on Earth, making video maps using the Internet to show wind and weather systems, and creating specialized maps that show human behavior. Computer game technology, such as Minecraft, is even being used to map real places.
Readers will learn how using modern mapping technologies can help us plan for the future. This includes being able to see what the effect human activity will have on the environment, where major settlements will be in the future, and how we can improve personal transportation and travel. Readers will also be introduced to the various challenges mapmakers still face today, including mapping the seabed and the far reaches of the universe.
Over the last 50 years, satellite technology has given us vast amounts of information. Readers will learn how mapmakers use this information to accurately map Earth’s physical features and reveal the impact of human activity on the planet. This book also explores how satellites can be used to map the past by revealing ancient ruins hidden underground, as well as map the surfaces of the Moon and other planets in space.
This interesting title shows readers how the creation of maps depends a lot on the individual perception of the mapmaker. Readers will explore how mapping strategies can be used to organize and channel ideas and to inspire creativity.
This informative book offers an introduction to the basics of maps and their different uses. A brief chronological history of maps and mapping gives readers an understanding of how maps have evolved over time. Readers will discover that advances in technologies have changed the format of maps from flat outlines to digital 3-D images with pop-up information in augmented reality.
Learn about the kind of resources Earth holds, and how they are extracted and used. Discover the problems and challenges posed by human consumption of these resources, from overfishing to dwindling supplies of fossil fuels. Read about the efforts being made to protect Earth's resources, including finding sustainable energy solutions and making our cities eco-friendly.
Explore mountains around the world, and find out how they are created. Discover what happens when mountains experience erosion and how climate and biomes change with elevation. Find out about the people, plants, and animals that live at high altitudes and the risk of deadly avalanches.