Earthquakes: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2
Franklyn M. Branley & Megan Lloyd
HarperCollins, 2005 (1990)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his is one of a series of
books offered at two levels: 1 for preschool and kindergarten levels, and 2 (including this one) for primary grades.
, written by Dr. Franklyn M. Branley in 1990, has been
by Megan Lloyd (with reassuring images of people and scenes, and clear depictions of the science).
e learn that '
Parts of the earth are always moving
', but with such small, slow movements that we can't usually feel them. Earthquakes can happen '
When parts of the earth move quickly
', and most are minor. The book introduces the '
', on which a small quake measures less than 2, and a very big one 8 or more. It explains '
', suggesting an experiment that helps understand how they work. It tells us that most earthquakes happen in the earth's crust, and explains a '
'. Examples of severe earthquakes include those in 1906 San Francisco and 1985 Mexico City. Earthquakes in volcanic regions are discussed, as are undersea earthquakes that cause tsunamis.
r. Branley tells us that scientists are working on better ways to predict quakes, and he also advises what to do in case of an earthquake and its '
', whether you are inside or outside. The book ends with a list of '
' (which also mention '
'), and with a website for more information.
is a very good introduction to the subject for grade schoolers.
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