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Earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis. Headline-making natural disasters with devastating consequences for millions of people. But what do we actually know about these literally earth-shaking events?New York Times bestselling author, explorer, journalist, and geologist Simon Winchester—who’s been shaken by earthquakes in New Zealand, skied through Greenland to help prove the thEarthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis. Headline-making natural disasters with devastating consequences for millions of people. But what do we actually know about these literally earth-shaking events?New York Times bestselling author, explorer, journalist, and geologist Simon Winchester—who’s been shaken by earthquakes in New Zealand, skied through Greenland to help prove the theory of plate tectonics, and even charred the soles of his boots climbing a volcano—looks at the science, technology, and societal impact of these inter-connected natural phenomena. A master nonfiction storyteller, Winchester digs deep into the powerful natural forces that shape the earth, exploring the how and why of world-changing events from the 19th-century’s infamous volcanic eruption at Krakatoa and the earthquake that flattened San Francisco, to the 21st-century tsunamis that devastated Indonesia and Japan. It’s a gripping story about what happens when our seemingly unmovable planet shakes, explodes, and floods—all richly illustrated with fascinating historical and stunning contemporary photographs. ...

Title : When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis (Smithsonian)
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ISBN : 24839956
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Number of Pages : 80 Pages
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When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis (Smithsonian) Reviews

  • Joan
    2019-02-23 19:21

    It wouldn't surprise me if this receives a Siebert Honor but I rather think not. This has been an amazing year for nonfiction. In another year, this would have been a good guess for an honor. Winchester combines the scientific facts with his personal experience in this book. For example, he interviewed Harry Truman on Mt. St. Helens 4 days before the volcano exploded. (Not the former president: a citizen with the same name who was sure the volcano wouldn't explode.) He gives clear explanations of what causes volcanoes, earthquakes and Tsunamis. He explains the devastating effects of these geologic upheavals and the limitations we have dealing with them. My only criticism would be that the explanation on the Richter Scale was insufficient. I think youngsters could have understood a carefully written explanation of what the scale measures and the units involved. The photos are spectacular, mostly in black and white, due to the age of the periods being written about. I automatically purchased this title. You don't pass up well done earthquake titles in Southern California!

  • Susan T
    2019-02-10 14:36

    great book for kids that like to know about natural disasters and what is actually happening to the earth when they do happen.

  • Linda
    2019-02-03 18:26

    Winchester, whose formal training began as a geologist, provides clear understanding of the geological processes which create earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. Excellent for the person seeking basic understanding of our living planet.

  • Jillian
    2019-02-12 19:19

    I quite liked this book, and will likely look for Winchester's other works. This book provides an excellent overview of three common natural disasters in a conversational tone that will keep readers engaged and interested. Sprinkled with personal stories of the author's work as a journalist, and underscored by his background in geology, he is able to break down the science behind these events and make it understandable without ever being condescending or overly simplistic.The goodies in the back of the book are wonderful, too - a list of books for further reading (as in every nonfiction book), but also links to photos of earthquakes, a recording of the undersea earthquake that caused the 2011 tsunami in Japan, videos of volcanoes, lists of ongoing volcanic studies, interviews with scientists, and more. It's an absolute treasure trove for budding earth scientists, and the book is worth picking up for these resources alone.All in all, a great science book for grades 5-8. Definitely recommended.

  • Nancy Kotkin
    2019-02-22 13:42

    Practical explanation of plate tectonics, continental drift, and the sometimes disastrous consequences. Written by a respected geologist and science writer who has traveled the world, I appreciate the inclusion of his anecdotes and commentary along with the factual information. Thorough but straightforward enough to be understood by a non-scientist. Still it's fairly dense for children's nonfiction, so I recommend this book for middle school, or even high school, students. It's compelling enough to be read independently, especially by children/teens who gravitate towards true stories. Photographs, maps, and diagrams all help to further elucidate the well-written text.

  • Katie
    2019-02-17 19:29

    Basically a very wordy book about earthquakes, volcanos and tsunamis.A lot of prose, with supporting pictures - not one of his books for adults but not anything like a DK book.Not sure who the audience would be really - young teens?Would not recommend for homework, there are a lot of books where the information is easier to find - how DK has changed us!!!Thought I would like it a lot more than I did - considering how much I love his adult books.

  • Great Books
    2019-02-12 13:27

    The earth shakes for three reasons; earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. These natural events are explained in clear language and wonderful photographs. The author has also enhanced our understanding of these cataclysmic events with anecdotes that expose human suffering that these may cause. Reviewer#26

  • Brenda Kahn
    2019-02-03 14:26

    Narrative non-fiction at its best. Cogent explanations of earth science disasters accompanied by dramatic full-color photographs. This won't be the first text middle school researchers will consult due to its relative wordiness; but thoughtful readers and fact hounds will appreciate its thorough and measured approach.

  • David Freudenburg
    2019-02-21 16:22

    Good, quick, nonfiction book with lots of pictures and photographs. Although it is technically a children's book I learned a lot, especially about plate tectonics. I also learned that people took a lot of live video of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. Many are available on YouTube.

  • George
    2019-02-16 20:19

    Quick easy synopsis on Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis

  • Catherine
    2019-02-16 13:41

    Interesting book. Gives good background information on different historical and current events.