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

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-08 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:0544932455
LANGUAGE:English

"A good, although brief, description of the current efforts to monitor volcanoes. Well covers the type of activities that detect underground changes in the volcano's vicinity, with the difficulties in predicting an eruption.

The people who attempt to determine the likelihood of a volcanic eruption have a lot going against them: They have to take measurements in close proximity to the volcano, which is a dangerous place to be, and they are asked to state with certainty what is going to happen. And when. No one in the world can answer such questions, so the public tends to ignore their warnings.

After reading this book, I have a whole new appreciation for those who do this sort of work, and I admire their courage and dedication.
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"This book misspells the word "Rainier."

I would understand - it's only on a map - and in all likelihood, it spells the word correctly everywhere else in the book.

But the one time the error is made is the FIRST* time our local mountain is mentioned. And in a county where the phrase "The mountain is out!" refers to our beloved Mt. Rainier, the highest peak in the lower 48, I simply cannot STAND for it!

...

Ok, I'm hyperbolizing, obviously, but I have a lot of books under consideration for promotion to local elementary schools and statewide school librarians (the two forums I'm currently preparing for), and I really can't overlook stuff like this with this context.

Sad, really. It looks like a great book otherwise.


*Page 8
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"This book is very well made and factual. It includes large amounts of information that for some odd reason managed to keep me hooked and interested. it was written as a bunch of stories but about the same people. It shows the progression of their journey. They included a section about how they advanced their technology to better estimate the magnitude of the earthquakes and strength's of the volcano. It was great to develop a better understanding of these magnificent bodies of rock. This book also possesses startling facts. It revealed that 2 Billion people are within reach of volcanic destruction.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in natural occurrences for the sole reason that volcanic blasts are not known to be a large scale killer. This book uncovers the truth about volcanos and how deadly they really are, from volcanic ash, to acid rain, to massive mudslides.
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"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.

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