The Science of Tornadoes (Nature's Wrath: the Science Behind Natural Disasters)

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Hundred-mile winds and sky-high funnel clouds can mean only one thing: a tornado is coming. Readers will learn everything they need to know about tornadoes, from what they are and why and when they happen, to what remains after they rip through an area. Age-appropriate content thoroughly explains tornado activity in the United States and abroad, and real-life examples give readers insight into how communities cope with one of natures most destructive forces. The book includes fast facts about the biggest and most destructive tornadoes in history, and a section entitled Survivors Speak features survivors stories in their own words. Through stories about scientists and real-life storm chasers, readers will discover the fascination with tornadoes while also understanding the danger and destruction they bring. Stunning photographs and captions accompany the text, giving readers an eye-opening look at one of our worlds most incredible natural disasters.

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Gr 4-6-This series keeps the science introductory but provides plenty of real-life examples of hurricanes, avalanches, etc., many from the last decade and some as recent as summer 2012. Four chapters in each title cover the science involved, the technology in use, effects of the disaster, and future outlook and preparedness. "Real-Life Science" sections use actual catastrophes to elucidate the science being covered. Quotes from victims and images of scientists and emergency and rescue workers in action offer the human side of the topics. Avalanches and Earthquakes include possible manmade triggers (however, fracking is not one of them), but climate change is not mentioned in any of the volumes. Bright background colors, color photos with captions, and a variety of insets provide further information and examples. The maps are too narrow in focus, and more labeled diagrams and tables would aid comprehension. Avalanches and Hurricanes have minor problems with clarity. α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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