Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis: Projects and Principles for Beginning Geologists

Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis: Projects and Principles for Beginning Geologists


By (author) Matthys Levy

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  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Format: Paperback | 136 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 249mm x 8mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago
  • ISBN 10: 1556528019
  • ISBN 13: 9781556528019
  • Illustrations note: 125 b/w Illus
  • Sales rank: 321,784

Product description

Ages 9 years & over. With fascinating experiments, models, and demonstrations, this scientific survey provides a vivid exploration of natural phenomena. Ideal for budding earth scientists, this in-depth resource demonstrates how to build a seismograph to record a simulated earthquake, compare pressure waves and shear waves -- the two types of ground shocks -- with a Slinky, and replicate a tsunami's destructive effect on a "coastline" built in a bathtub. The chapters answer questions such as Can animals "predict" earthquakes? How have various cultures explained the movement of the earth throughout history? and Why do some volcanoes ooze rivers of lava while others blow their tops? Additional topics include how to earthquake-proof homes, protect oneself during a tremor, and construct simple models to test seismographs.

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Author information

Matthys Levyis a civil engineer and the inventor of the Tensar Dome, which is used to cover athletic venues around the world. He is the coauthor of "Engineering the City" and "Why the Wind Blows." Mario Salvadori was a professor of architecture and the founder of the Salvadori Center, a nonprofit educational center to teach inner-city youth about math and science through hands-on study of structure and architecture. He is the author of "The Art of Construction" and "Why Buildings Stand Up." They are the coauthors of "Why Buildings Fall Down."

Review quote

"Each exploration will spark an interest in earth science, physical geography, civil engineering, applied physics and history." --"Curriculum Review"

Table of contents

The Secrets of the Earth; If You Had Been There; When the Ocean Rolls; Earthquake Messages; How Strong Was It?; From Myth to Science; Can Animals Predict Earthquakes; Should We Fight or Fool the Quakes?; The Smoking Mountains; Conclusions; Index.