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Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives (Scientists in the Field Series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-06 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:0544932455
LANGUAGE:English

"Volcanologists are working to improve their ability to predict the activity of volcanoes and prevent the deaths of those who live in harm’s way. Eruption! educates readers about the prevalence of active volcanoes, the devastating effects of volcanic eruptions, as well as the processes/equipment used to monitor active volcanoes. Scientists who study volcanoes are part of a close-knit community that networks and shares information in order to extend their understanding of volcanic phenomena as well as protect those who live in the shadows of these turbulent earth-shakers and makers. This really impresses upon one the importance of this work and the effect that it has on people’s lives today. Photos capture the scale of volcanoes and the impact they have on nearby communities and peoples, as well as the work/equipment/lives of those who study them. I want to be a volcanologist! " said.

"I don't have a lot of praise for this book. It is on a list for a Beehive book award. I am not totally certain why. I knew a little about volcanoes and eruptions and thought because this book was nominated for a book award, it would be really good.

It was just average. Every time I tried to get into it Was skipping words and BORED! I know --TERRIBLE! What I thought was interesting was the predicting eruptions and giving advance warning to evacuate! I usually am " all in" these types of books, but this left me wanting. What about Hawaii and their volcanoes? I would have liked to learn a little more about the Cascade range (Not just MT St. Helens) All in all, it was okay, but this isn't something I would recommend (well, I guess if you were doing a report on Volcanoes..this would work) but reading it for pleasure, or fun or curiosity...not so much!
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"Volcano prediction is a very tricky business, requiring knowledge of history, geology, psychology, and the culture of the more than one billion people who live in volcano danger zones around the world. A small volcano crisis team studies active volcanoes around the world and carefully makes recommendations for evacuations. This book follows them throughout two recent volcano eruptions, detailing the process of predicting what may happen next.

Rusch also includes historical volcanic disasters to underscore the volcano's devastating powers. Uhlman's photos highlight the reality that many people live in the shadow of volcanoes, working and farming and living their normal lives, as well as the geological changes from volcanoes.

Highly recommended for readers who are interested in volcanoes! (Or science and history in general.)
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"If you don't care much about Volcanoes you will care about the people who live in the shadow of them after reading 'Eruption'. The author and the photographer 'tagged along' with scientists of the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program. VDAP is the 'first and only volcano crisis team' and their mission is to share expertise and equipment with communities all over the world that are threatened by volcanoes. The text is written clearly and is appropriate for 10-14 year old readers. The photographs are clear and beautiful and help the reader understand what the scientists are doing. Panels of information are inserted at just the right places to help understand the hazards of volcanoes, earthquake patterns, and satellite remote sensing, to name a few. Back matter includes 'Volcanic Vocabulary', Chapter Notes, Selected Bibliography and an index. Love books that are indexed. This is an interesting read and a topic that is of interest for some young readers. " said.

"Author of The Mighty Mars Rovers and other award-winning titles, Elizabeth Rusch, puts together another must-read and quite possibly the best nonfiction book of the year. Eruption is in one-word “fascinating!" The science behind volcanoes comes alive in this book. Through diagrams, photographs, and narratives, kids will be able grasp a great deal of scientific information with ease. In the back of the book, it has “volcanic vocabulary” that goes above and beyond to deepen the reader’s understanding. If you liked reading about the scientists in Eruption, you are in luck. Eruption is part of the Scientists in the Field Series. In another book in the series, Extreme Scientists by Donna Jackson, you get to read about a hurricane hunter, a cave biologist, and a tree-climbing botanist, how cool! This series is excellent for tweens and you don’t have to know a great deal about science to enjoy all of them." said.

"This book is informational nonfiction. The topic of the destructive force involved in volcanic eruptions is discussed. Throughout the book many facts and figures can be found about volcanoes. Due to the large amount of text, I would recommend this for upper elementary school students.

I paired this with the 13th book from the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborn. The title of this one is Vacation Under the Volcano. The reason I paired these two books is because it will help students understand the destructive nature of volcanoes. The kids from the Magic Tree House series travel back in time to Pompeii, which we know a great deal about today because of how well preserved the city is. I believe that students would be intrigued to see real photos of Mount Vesuvius.
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"Another awesome book in the Scientists in the Field series. This one is about the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program. VDAP was formed after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980. The information that was collected with that blast helped volcanologists learn some of the symptoms of a volcano that is going to blow. Their mission is to help volcanologists all over the world learn to read the volcanoes in their countries more accurately, and to provide support during the times of emergency. The book covers two eruptions. The first of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991. During this eruption the VDAP team was the front line team stationed at Clark Air Base. The second eruption covered in the book is of Mt. Merapi in Indonesia in 2010. During this eruption the VDAP team was back up and support for the Indonesian scientists on the ground. They did things like provide satellite information about the volcano because clouds cover this mountain for over 21 hours a day. Fascinating!" said.

"This was my first "Scientists in the Field" title and I hope the others are as fascinating, exciting, and full of great information as this one.

I had no idea how much I didn't know about volcanoes until I read this. I also had no idea how much goes in to the study of volcanoes. The information was amazing and I feel humbled by what I didn't know.

But the information itself does not warrant a 4-star rating. This was presented in such an exciting way. I was tense with suspense during chapter 4 as I raced through the paragraphs to find out what was going to happen. I apparently wasn't paying too much attention to world news in late 2010 because the story of Mount Merapi was unfamiliar to me, and I'm glad that was the case because it made those chapters another exciting read.

Clearly, volcanology has come a long way but it's still an imperfect science and this book makes no pretense otherwise.

Easily recommended, if not highly recommended, for grades 4 and up.
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