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Agricultural Inventions: At the Top of the Field

Helen Mason (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427194206

Historically, farming was a very taxing, physical task. Bright-minded individuals revolutionized agriculture with inventions that eased tasks and sped up production. The advent of milestone machines such as Eli Whitney's cotton gin are chronologically explored in this stimulating title.

The Mojave Desert

Molly Aloian (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427191021

This exciting book describes the geological makeup and history of the Mojave Desert in the United States. Located in the states of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, there are several national parks in the desert including Death Valley, the hottest place in North America. Readers will learn about the people, plants, and animals such as cougars, scorpions, and rattlesnakes that inhabit this desert habitat. The Mojave Desert is also a windy place where wind farms have been set up to generate electricity. Special sections describe the desert's natural resources, such as borax, silver, and gold, and the unique problems facing this region.

The Rocky Mountains

Molly Aloian (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427197474

The history of human activity in the Rocky Mountain range is as colorful as its scenic natural wonders. It has been witness to the decimation of Native peoples, the westward expansion of European settlers, the frenzied activity of several gold rushes, and the blazing of transcontinental railways. This fascinating book describes the geological makeup and history of the Rocky Mountains, as well as the cultures and ways of life of the people in the United States and Canada who live in its shadow. Special sections also describe the plants and animals that thrive in this mountain habitat, as well as the unique problems facing this region.

The Atacama Desert

Lynn Peppas (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427190987

This fascinating book describes the geological makeup and history of the Atacama Desert in Chile. One of the driest areas of the world - some parts never receive any rain - the desert's climate can be cold, sometimes producing snow and fog. Readers will be fascinated to learn that the Atacama's soil is so similar to soil samples from Mars that NASA goes to this desert to test its exploration instruments. NASA has also set up its Earth-Mars Cave Detection Program in the Atacama, too. Special sections also describe the desert's natural resources and unique problems facing this region, as well as the people, plants, and animals that inhabit this desert habitat.

The Great Victoria Desert

Lynn Peppas (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427191007

This amazing book describes the geological makeup and history of the Great Victoria Desert in Australia. Used in modern times for mining and testing of atomic bombs, this vast, sandy area has been home to a number of indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Although there is little rain, the blooms with a variety of plants. Readers will learn about the Mamungari Conservation Park located in the Great Victoria Desert, which is known for a eucalyptus tree called Ooldea mallee with large, spectacular red, pink, or yellow flowers. Special sections also describe the desert's natural resources, as well as the unique problems facing this region such as the introduction of non-native species of animals.

The Urals

Robin Johnson (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427197481

The Ural Mountains form a natural boundary called the "Stone Belt" between Europe and Asia. Rich in mineral deposits, the Urals have long been a major source of industry for Russia. This fascinating book describes the geological makeup and history of the Ural mountain range, as well as the cultures and ways of life of the people in Russia and Kazakhstan who live in its shadow. Special sections also describe the plants and animals that thrive in this mountain habitat, as well as the unique problems facing this region.

The Andes

Molly Aloian (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427197443

Running almost the full length of South America on its western coast, the Andes is the longest continental mountain range in the world. This remote and harsh environment saw the rise and fall of one of the great ancient civilizations of the world, the Incas. This fascinating book describes the geological makeup and history of the Andes mountain range, and how it is intertwined with the cultures and ways of life of the people in South America who live in its shadow. Special sections also describe the plants and animals that thrive in this mountain habitat, as well as the unique problems facing this region.

The Himalayas

Molly Aloian (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427197467

Home of two of the world's highest peaks - Mount Everest and K2 - the Himalayas are both revered and feared by mountaineers around the world. This fascinating book describes the geological makeup and history of the Himalaya mountain range, and how it is intertwined with the cultures and ways of life of the people in South Asia who live in its shadow. Special sections also describe the plants and animals that thrive in this mountain habitat, as well as the unique problems facing this region.

The Appalachians

Molly Aloian (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427197450

The Great Appalachian Valley, a major land form of the Appalachian mountains, played an important role in the early history of the United States. Routes through the valley, first made by Native Americans, made the mountains passable, later allowing European immigrants to expand colonization of the region. This fascinating book describes the geological makeup and history of the mountain ranges that form the Appalachians, and the people in the United States and Canada who live in their shadows. Special sections also describe the plants and animals that thrive in these mountain habitats, as well as the unique problems facing this region.

Learning Green

Suzy Gazlay (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9780778792536

Learning Green introduces readers to a wide range of careers in education that address conservation and environmentalism. These include teaching and promoting a green curriculum in a public or private school setting. These subjects intersect with a vast assortment of professions, such as architecture, engineering, law, horticulture, forestry, biology, urban and regional planning, oceanography, geology, and geography.

Legally Green

Susan Down (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427197214

Opportunitiesin environmental law are explored in Legally Green. Jobs include working for public service or governmental agencies and environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) as environmental investigators, officers, inspectors, and policy advisors. Careers in this field also include working as attorneys and legal support staff for law firms that offer services related to environmental law, and for corporations that need to keep on top of compliance and other regulatory issues as a part of doing their daily business. Opportunities also exist in education, law enforcement, and even politics.

Touring, Trekking, and Traveling Green

Diane Dakers (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427197238

Touring, Trekking, and Traveling Green explores the many careers open to people in the fast-growing field of ecotourism. From being an ecotour leader or naturalist to managing a wildlife eco-lodge, working as a travel agent certified in ecotourism, or teaching on-the-ground tour guides and college students interested in making a living helping others enjoy nature, the opportunities for people seeking work in ecotourism are manyand growing fast. Other jobs associated with ecotourism include working in public relations or marketing ecotourism destinations, writing guidebooks, and helping visitors understand and appreciate nature as an interpreter for agencies such as the U.S. National Park Service and Parks Canada. Also of note: the challenges and responsibilities that jobs in ecotourism present to people who wish to make use of the environment for fun and profit without harming the ecological health of our planet.

Re-Greening the Environment

Suzy Gazlay (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427197221

Re-Greening the Environment covers the wide range of careers in environmental clean-up, remediation, and renewal. The response to two massive oil spills in recent years the Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska in 1989 and the current Deepwater Horizon/BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico are explored. The types of jobs and careers that are associated with preventing and correcting disasters such as these include environmental scientist, hydrogeologist, enforcing clean-up regulations, and monitoring and testing waterways, soil, and groundwater for harmful pollutants. Also, the reuse and rehabbing of older commercial or industrial buildings presents opportunities in planning, designing, rebuilding, reclaiming, and restoring the natural habitats associated with these sites.

The Alps

Lynn Peppas (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427197436

The famous peaks of the Alps - Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, the Eiger - have inspired adventure seekers, poets, and philosophers throughout history. This fascinating book describes the geological makeup and history of the Alps mountain range, and how it is intertwined with the cultures and ways of life of the people in Europe who live in its shadow. Special sections also describe the plants and animals that thrive in this mountain habitat, as well as the unique problems facing this region.

Green Ways of Getting Around

Diane Dakers (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427197207

Green Ways of Getting Around moves readers toward careers in "green" transportation, including travel by air, sea, and land, and even in more extreme environments, such as outer space and under water. This book explores mass transit and automotive transportation, highlighting fuel-powered vehicles, such as buses, planes, and boats, which carry with them their own pros and cons as being fuel-efficient and ecologically sound. Also included: using pedal power, pedestrian-friendly venues, concepts that promote walkability and sustainable mass transit, and powering transportation with alternative energy sources.

Building Green Places

Ruth Owen (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9780778792512

Building Green Places takes a green look at careers in planning, designing, and building energy-efficient facilities in which to live, work, and play. It also includes the development of communities built in a way that will complement and enhance Earths ecosystems.

Growing and Eating Green

Ruth Owen (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9780778792529

Come inside for a fresh look at careers in green food, from planting to cultivation, and merchandising to selling. In addition to the greening of conventional methods of food production, this book examines careers in alternative energy, equipment, packaging, and delivery systems.

Cleaning Chemistry

Jon Eben Field (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427196095

This fascinating book explains the chemistry of cleaning agents, from dish detergents to window wash. Readers will learn how good chemistry and science comes from experimentation and careful observation, as well as flexible thinking and a mind that accepts difference and change. Easy experiments allow budding scientists to test theories.

Medicine Cabinet Chemistry

Jon Eben Field (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427196125

The medical and pharmaceutical industries rely on chemists to produce drugs that relieve pain and keep people alive. Readers will learn what goes into the making of an aspirin and how some medical discoveries have been the result of trial, error, and "chem-tacular" luck! Easy experiments allow budding scientists to test theories.

Environmental Chemistry

Rachel Eagen (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427196101

The way we live affects our environment. Environmental Chemistry takes a look at how chemistry-related inventions have both helped and harmed our environment. Readers will learn the science and chemistry of acid rain, ozone depletion, and water pollution. Easy experiments allow budding scientists to test theories and understand the chemistry of environments and environmental pollution.

Kitchen Chemistry

Jon Eben Field (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427196118

Ever wonder what makes bread rise, or why some cookies are hard and some are soft? Kitchen Chemistry takes you inside the scientific world of your own kitchen. Easy and safe experiments introduce readers to the simple science that every cook and baker should know. Learn about the different kinds of scientists who create, manufacture, and process our food.

Chemistry Around the House

Erin Knight (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427196088

Chemistry has had a hand in almost every product used in your home, from the non-stick frying pan you use to make pancakes to your new purple t-shirt. Chemistry Around the House introduces the reader to the scientific method and describes how accidents and luck have a hand to play in scientific research. Easy experiments allow budding scientists to test theories.

Body Care Chemistry

Rachel Eagen (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427196071

So many of the everyday products we use are created through the wonders of modern chemistry. From toilet paper to body cream, soap, and perfume, humans rely on chemistry to make our lives easier. Fascinating experiments explain how compounds are mixed together and how body care products are made. Easy experiments allow budding scientists to test theories.

The Renaissance in Europe

Lynne Elliott (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9780778790495

Learn how the European Renaissance came to be! See those most notably involved in this fascinating era. Take a look inside a typical Renaissance home. Follow along as great strides were made in trade, exploration, religion, architecture, and the arts.

Science in the Renaissance

Lisa Mullins (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9780778790501

A time of questions and new ways of thinking marked the scientific world during the Renaissance. Follow along as the greatest minds of the time make enormous leaps and bounds toward enlightened thinking. Learn how the role of a scientist evolved. See the efforts made to increase man's understanding of the natural universe.