Anne-Catherine Fallen USA From Space

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USA From Space

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9781552091579: USA From Space

Satellite images from outer space show us an astronaut's view of the world below. The colorful pictures let us explore what we see in maps of the United States, only the details are real. Big lakes and rivers, mountains and coasts, cities, deserts and forests all show up clearly in these images taken from space.

USA From Space reveals some of the most striking features of the American landscape. Using techniques that clearly delineate land forms and land uses (farms in Montana, bridges in Manhattan, waterways of the Florida Everglades), these images make geography come alive.

Each of 20 sites is portrayed in a striking full color image, accompanied by thoughtful text that describes the natural features in the picture. An accompanying photograph taken at ground level enhances each view from space: the rising space shuttle in Florida, an erupting volcano in Hawaii, earthquake damage in California. A locator map helps the reader pinpoint the area being shown, and the useful introduction explains how the images were created.

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About the Author:

Anne-Catherine Fallen has written for exhibits and publications on such diverse topics as women in the Olympics, gothic architecture and the Everglades ecosystem. A parent and survivor of many science fair projects, she claims to have read all the science books published for kids in the last ten years.

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Satellites provide amazing real ``maps'' of the US-- photographs taken from outer space--and readers will be intrigued by the awesome views this book provides. The author shows how, by using color enhancement techniques, scientists pinpoint cities, farming areas, and wilderness in territories as diverse as New York City and the Florida Everglades. The book concentrates on major cities and coastlines, perhaps because these areas are most recognizable. The text points out fascinating details, e.g., dots of vegetation show up as bright red in the picture of Manhattan, while a view of the flooded Mississippi reveals that the river is swollen to twice its regular size. The wording is occasionally confusing: The San Andreas fault can be seen ``at the left edge of the satellite image,'' but readers won't know what they're looking for. Also, Fallen's choices for commentary are arbitrary; the Great Salt Lake is pointed out, but not the salt flats, which only appear in a snapshot. Regardless of such minor flaws, this better-than-a-bird's-eye-view can't be beat. (Nonfiction. 7-13) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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