Environmental Disasters (Disasters Up Close)

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Environmental Disasters is part of the Disasters Up Close series. It explores disasters such as the 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukrainea tragic event that spewed radioactive dust throughout the country, contaminating land and farm crops and exposing countless people to dangerous levels of radiation. Environmental Disasters takes you inside such disasters to examine why they happened, how they changed history, and how they affected the people they touched.

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Michael Woods is a science and medical journalist in Washington, D. C., who has won many national writing awards. He and his wife, Mary B. Woods, write together. Their previous books include the eight-volume Ancient Technology series, as well as the Disasters Up Close titles. The Woodses have four children. When not writing, reading, or enjoying their two grandchildren, the Woodses travel to gather material for future books.

Mary B. Woods has been a librarian in the Fairfax County Public School System in Virginia and the Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona, Spain. She writes with her husband, Michael Woods. Their previous books include the eight-volume Ancient Technology series, as well as other Disasters Up Close titles. The Woodses have four children. When not writing, reading, or enjoying their two grandchildren, the Woodses travel to gather material for future books.

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Grade 4–6—These books share a similar format: concepts in science and engineering are complemented with historical case studies. Captioned, full-page color photographs reveal the enormity of such incidents as the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the space shuttle Challenger explosion. Though the content is comparable to that of other volumes, including those in the "Earth Watch" (Sea-to-Sea) and "Natural Disasters" series (Smart Apple Media), these works excel in providing source notes, bibliographies, and even a list of relevant places to visit. The historical scenarios are presented in chronological order, and time lines summarize each volume for convenient reference. Both include relatively recent events, such as the 2003 Columbia tragedy. They also encompass a global perspective, from the 1930s American dust bowl to a 2005 chemical plant explosion in Jilin, China; likewise a sense of tragedy is equally palpable for lost Western astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts. In certain places sentences seem vague or choppy, and Space details more hard data than Environmental. However, the overall effect of the titles conveys the seriousness of the issues presented, and the struggles will attract readers. Great updates.—Jeff Meyer, Slater Public Library, IA
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