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Tunnels (Engineering Wonders)

Joanne Mattern

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ISBN 10: 1634305205 / ISBN 13: 9781634305204
Published by Rourke Educational Media, 2015
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Title: Tunnels (Engineering Wonders)

Publisher: Rourke Educational Media

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Thousands of years ago, ancient engineers came up with a way to cross obstacles that prevented people getting from one place to another. They built a passageway under the ground called a tunnel. A tunnel sounds simple. After all, it is just a tube built through dirt or stone. But building a tunnel is one of the hardest challenges an engineer can face. This scientific text highlights the origin of the first tunnels, the greatest tunnel builders, the evolution and advancement of tunnels that are being built today, and the complex wonders they are! This title will allow students to recognize how engineers improve existing technologies or develop new ones to increase their benefits, decrease known risks, and meet societal demands.

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· Fact boxes and content sidebars

· Text based questions

· Bold keywords with phonetic glossary

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Gr 4-6-The pictures are a strength of these surveys of large-scale historical and modern construction works. Bridges, for instance, begins with photos of logs across streams and goes on to views of soaring steel structures so long their ends often recede into the hazy horizon. Pyramids offers a select but varied gallery of ancient monuments, some of which are crumbled almost beyond recognition. Similarly, in Great Wall of China, readers can see stretches that have nearly vanished along with well-preserved and newly restored lengths. Tunnels is less visually impressive, as there isn't that much to see, but period photos and (for older works) imagined scenes here and in other volumes cast light on construction methods. Along with identifying, locating, and explaining salient features of each structure highlighted, the authors delve into distinctive engineering challenges, from calculating precise angles in Pyramids to considerations of torsion, wind shear, compression, and, more recently, sustainability in designing Skyscrapers and Towers. The collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge does get coverage in Bridges, but in general the focus is more on successes than disasters. Each volume in the series opens with a page of reading comprehension exercises and ends with both review questions and several links to web resources. VERDICT Strong, attractive options.α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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