An obsession for hundreds of years, the search for the fabled Northwest Passage from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific is a tale of ambition, fear, folktales, courage, and controversy. This engaging title reveals the motivations of the many countries and explorers who played a part in the almost 500-year search for a commercial sea route to India across the arctic. Primary and secondary source materials, such as oral histories of the Indigenous people and recorded accounts, are examined, as well as fictional accounts from popular culture of the many failed expeditions. Readers will gain an understanding of how important this quest was, as well as how it remains relevant today.
One of the first Europeans to settle South America, the story of Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa is detailed in this fascinating book. Topics include Balboa’s voyages, his interactions with indigenous peoples, his sighting of the Pacific Ocean—the first European to do so—and his eventual death by execution. Interesting fact boxes, colorful images, and engaging text is presented in tabloid-style to excite readers.
Follow the travels of Sir Walter Raleigh, the English explorer who attempted to create a colony in North America for England. His story is told in tabloid style, using interesting headlines and engaging fact boxes to describe his contact with Native peoples, such as the Roanoke, and his search for the mythical El Dorado—a “lost city” rich in gold.
The important travels and writings of English explorer Mary Kingsley helped develop the British public's knowledge about the African continent. Her concern for indigenous people influenced a change in British practices in Africa. From her travels by boat to her studies of West African tribes and work as a nurse, this book describes her inspiring life using engaging fact boxes and historical information presented in tabloid-style.
Trekking from Africa to the Middle East and Asia, Ibn Battuta was one of the most well-traveled explorers of all time. He encountered many different cultural groups and recorded his interactions with them. Battuta’s writings influenced trade between peoples and became an important source of information about the medieval Islamic world. Engaging headlines, historic images, and fact boxes take readers through his amazing travels in a unique tabloid style.
This interesting book charts the travels of Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano. Searching for a sea route to the Pacific Ocean, he explored the Atlantic coast of North America. High-interest headlines, fact boxes, and images highlight Verrazzano’s exploration of New York Bay, Cape Cod Bay, the coast of Brazil, and his interactions with Native peoples.
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.
Spectacular photographs and engaging text help introduce students to familiar landforms and others they may not have seen before. By using compare-and-contrast questions, children will be encouraged to identify differences in similar landforms, such as mountains and hills. Children will also be inspired to paint landscapes, create volcanoes, and write poems, songs, or projects about their favorite landforms to express their own creativity.
This informative book teaches students basic information about the continents. They will learn the continents' names, landforms, and locations, as well as about directions on Earth, how close the continents are to the equator and poles, and how their locations affect the weather. A lesson in basic map skills gives children an opportunity to draw and label the continents.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about rivers and coasts and how water shapes the landscapes in different ways. Follow rivers from their source to the sea, and explore coasts around the world. Find out how erosion creates stunning waterfalls, and see how water affects our lives, from tourism and industry to the risks of flooding.
Find out about the different types of volcanoes and how they form. Learn how scientists monitor volcanic activity, and what makes some eruptions so much more destructive than others. Read about some of the most famous volcanic eruptions in history and their effects on the people and environment surrounding them.
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.
Learn about population in countries around the world, and how changes in the number, age, and gender of people living in a place affect life there. Explore different settlements, from ancient towns to sprawling, modern cities. Find out why and where people migrate, and discover how we can protect our planet from the risks of overpopulation.
This beautiful book gives readers core information about freshwater biomes in rivers, lakes, wetlands, and estuaries. Find out where each kind is found, how animals and plants have adapted to life in and around water, who lives near these waterways, and how humans impact life there.
This engaging book gives readers core information about grassland biomes on prairies, steppes, pampas, and savannahs. Find out where each kind is found, how animals and plants have adapted to life on open grassland, who lives in these environments, and how humans impact life there.
Follow along as a researcher observes and makes journal entries about their field trip through the Arctic ecosystem. Outstanding photographs highlight the animals, plants, and people that inhabit the frozen top of the world in Canada and the United States. Simple graphs show how much the Artic has changed, and the final report describes efforts being made to preserve it.
This fascinating book gives readers core information about marine biomes on coasts, in coral reefs, frozen oceans, and in the deepest depths of the ocean. Find out where each kind is found, how animals and plants have adapted to life underwater, who lives in these environments, and how humans impact life there.