Human negligence, engineering miscalculation, mechanical failurehuman activity has been responsible for some of the gravest harm to people and the world. Thirteen famous disasters are featured is this fascinating book. Each one became well-known for the unique scientific process that led to the destruction, as well as for the structural changes and safety measures proposed in its aftermath. Included: Chernobyl nuclear meltdown sinking of the Titanic Russian submarine Kursk explosion Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge collapse Hindenburg airship explosion Twin Towers collapse
The natural forces of planet Earth have been responsible for some of the world's greatest devastation, such as the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan in 2011 and the Indian Ocean in 2004. Thirteen kinds of disasters are featured in this amazing book, showing the process and science of each disaster from the action that triggered it to its dire consequences. Included: volcanoes earthquakes tsunamis avalanches landslides mudslides
Stories of lost treasures have been told since ancient times, passed along by storytelling or on maps and scribbled notes. This exciting book describes some of the dangerous journeysand sometimes remarkable findsmade by treasure hunters throughout history. Find out about lost pirate gold, treasure protected by an Egyptian pharaohs curse, a fortune in ancient Roman coins found by a farmers son with a metal detector, and more!
Carrie Underwood is a country music singer and songwriter. This book details her life and quick rise to fame as a winner of the television competition American Idol. The hot, young star has won several music awards and has even broken her own Guinness World Record for having the most number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. More recently Carrie has branched out into acting, including roles in TV shows, movies, and a live Rodgers and Hammerstein theater production.
The concept of supply and demand is made easy in this fascinating new title! Look inside What is Supply and Demand? and learn the ins and outs of this fundamental concept of economics.
Three historic battles to claim the Holy Land during the time of the Crusades are told in graphic novel format: Christian soldiers try to take Jerusalem back from Muslim and Jewish defenders during the First Crusade in 1099; On July 4, 1187, Christian armies of the Kingdom of Jerusalem meet the Muslim forces of Saladin in the decisive Battle of Hattin for the Holy Land; England's King Richard I, and his allies battle Saladin in an attempt to retake Jerusalem during the Third Crusade in 1190.
Life during the Civil War wasn't business as usual in the North or the South. This volume examines the economic impact of the war on the civilian population, as well as the political landscape, public opinion and morale, and the strains on the social system. The effects of the Emancipation Proclamation and the role of women and African Americans are all given particular attention.
Leo teaches his cat Pallas all about lines by applying his knowledge of geometry to their Stone Age world. Funny illustrations and stories provide a humorous introduction to math concepts. Leo explains the significance of points and how many points together make up lines and segments. Information boxes accompany each story to explore real applications of lines in the natural and designed world.
They say that in space no one can hear you scream... and its true! In the emptiness of space, nothing makes a noise. But on Earth... our ears are constantly pounded by sounds. Learn all about the most disgusting and dreadful aspects of sound. From flatulent whoopee cushions to glass-smashing opera singers and music-loving pigs, this book is full of yucky, painful and fascinating facts. You can get your ears tuned into some easy (and painless!) experiments, too.
From mighty castle strongholds to the buried ruins of Pompeii, this engaging title unearths ancient homes. Concepts include how and why ancient homes were built, as well as their discovery through archaeological digs.
As Americans moved across the continent, they quickly found the beautiful and dangerous West needed to be tamed. Taming the West is a graphic history that looks at how Americans carved out new homes in an alien place. Taming the West will be one book your child talks about over and over again, packed with action from the Indian Wars, the first Pony Express riders, and western outlaws.
The outcome of the Civil War hinged on several pivotal battles in 1862-63. This volume covers the strategy, tactics, leadership, and outcomes of the key battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, and Chattanooga. The short- and long-term consequences of each battle are explored for each army, and discussed in the greater context of the war.
He shootshe scores! Readers will score with this full-color book featuring two of the coolest sports on ice: hockey and curling. From the hard-hitting, puck-flying action of hockey to the precision sliding and sweeping of curling, these challenging team sports have it all. In this fantastic book, youll learn about the rules, the records, and the heroes of the games. Youll also learn that sticks and stones wont break your bonestheyre just part of the fun in these Winter Olympic sports.
Buddhism in Thailand follows Baan and his family, as he becomes a monk for the school holidays. Join him as he prepares to take his vows, and learns more about life as a Buddhist monk.
The book provides an engaging introduction on how Canadas parliamentary system of government works. The distinctions between head of state and head of government are explained, while introducing readers to the roles of the monarch, the governor general, the prime minister, and the opposition parties. Parliamentary models of government at the provincial level, as well as in other countries, are also included.
Learn about the Camaro, General-Motors muscle car with four distinct generations of design before 2002. Find out how this classic vehicle has been continually re-invented since its original heydey in the 1960s and '70s. Discover what makes this "pony car" unique with this in-depth look at the history, the legendary models, and the stats.
A koala lives most of its life alone, eating and sleeping high up in the eucalyptus trees of Australia, and yet it is recognized and loved around the world. The Life Cycle of a Koala looks at the life of this ancient marsupial and explains: how marsupials are different from other mammals the birth of the koala and its life in its mothers pouch the growing koala and how it feeds life outside the pouch, but close to mother the dangers faced by koalas
As the worlds largest land animals, elephants inspire awe in all of usan awe that has led to myths of might and memory. Despite its immense strength, however, the elephant is a timid creature that uses its power only to defend itself against predators. Kids will learn many facts about these gentle pachyderms, including: the social structure of elephants, in which the female is the leader the animals many, dexterous uses for its trunk the history of the elephants even larger ancestors, including woolly mammoths the dangers that poaching, loss of habitat, and the ivory trade pose to the elephants future
Alone in the rainforest, Joe is suddenly caught in a tropical storm. He uses his science skills to observe the habitat around him to build shelter, find food, and search for help.
This captivating graphic novel recounts three historic land battles in the Middle East and Africa during World War I: Attack on the Hejaz Railway, September 16, 1917; The Charge on Beersheba, October 31, 1917; and Gallantry at Tel-el-Sheria, November 7, 1917.
Will Joe be able to survive in the hot, scorching desert? In this exciting survival story, readers journey along with Joe as he searches for water and runs into a desert tribe.
This compelling book follows the events of the first few years of World War I. After the assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, war was declared by Europes five great powers. Readers will learn that, although it was a European war, the fighting spread outward to the colonies of the countries involved. Colonies also had to supply forces for European battles. Opposing countries, equally matched in fighting power, relied on naval and U-boat, or submarine, blockades, and dug in for a new kind of long-term fighting called trench warfare. Find out what life was like for soldiers in the trenches at such famous battles as Ypreswhere deadly mustard gas was first usedVerdun, the Somme, and Gallipoli.
Snowboarding is a very young sport but it grows more popular and respected every year. Fast and exciting, this winter activity requires practice and proper techniqueand heres the book to help you along the way! Snowboarding in Action gives beginners all the tips theyll need to hit the slopes. Full-color photographs and illustrations explain: dos and donts of the slopes what to look for in snowboarding equipment and hill conditions the basics of turning, slowing, and stopping riding a chairlift competitive snowboarding
Lush, moist, and teeming with life, rain forests are one of Earths biome wonders. Peel back the corners of the rain forest to discover what lives within one of the planets busiest environments, from wolves and porcupines to monkeys and poison dart frogs. Learn how each organism functions within its rainforest ecosystem and how it survives in one of the most predatory biomes on Earth. Find out, too, how rain forests are found all around the world and what you can do to help protect these precious resources.
This fascinating book describes the geological makeup and history of the Sahara Desert in North Africa. The biggest hot desert on Earth, it covers parts of twelve countriesmore area than the entire United States! The Sahara has oases scattered widely and sand dunes that can reach as high as 600 feet (182m). Readers will learn about the people, plants, and animals such as camels, goats, and fennec foxes that inhabit this desert habitat. Special sections describe the desert's natural resources, such as oil and natural gas, and the unique problems facing this region.