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The ground beneath your feet is solid, right? After all, how could we build houses and bridges if the land was moving all the time? Actually, the ground beneath us really is moving very slowly all the time! In Fault Lines and Tectonic Plates: Discover What Happens When the Earth’s Crust Moves, readers ages 9 through 12 learn what exactly is going on under the dirt.
When slowly drifting continents bump up against each other along fault lines we experience earthquakes, volcanoes, and tidal waves! Mountains and trenches are visible results of the slow movement of the earth’s crust, as tectonic plates create the landscape of our world over time.
With science-minded projects such as a homemade earthquake shake table” and edible tectonic boundaries, this book makes the complex and fascinating topic of plate tectonics accessible for kids. Readers learn the geological reasons behind earthquakes and also practical ways of behaving in those types of natural disasters. Links to online primary sources and videos make concepts clear and encourage kids to maintain a healthy curiosity in the topic. Guided reading levels and Lexile measurements place this title with appropriate audiences.
Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; Explore Weather and Climate! With 25 Great Projects; Explore Soil! With 25 Great Projects, and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC.
Chad Thompson is a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design and has worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation studio in Florida animating movies. He illustrated Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture for Nomad Press. Chad lives in Kissimmee, FL.
Table of Contents
Timeline Introduction: Discover Plate Tectonics Chapter One: The Power of Plates Chapter Two: Earthquakes Chapter Three: Volcanic Activity Chapter Four: Mountains, Basins, and Trenches Chapter Five: History of the Theories of Plate Tectonics Chapter Six: Future of the Surface of the Earth Glossary Resources Index