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In the first chapter of "Witness to Disaster: Droughts", readers are dropped into the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, an epic disaster that is thoroughly documented in words and pictures. What will startle readers is how far-reaching this disaster was, both in terms of the number of lives touched in the 30s and in the impact it had both on our society and in the scientific community, then and now. This first chapter is followed by chapters which alternate history with science. Historically documented droughts takes us around the world to see how drought has affected a wide variety of people and communities. The science of droughts looks at what we learned from the Dust Bowl about farming and the importance of topsoil. The final chapter looks ahead to introduce the latest tools and technologies being developed to try to make droughts survivable, if not beatable. The ample backmatter will allow a student to easily find the information needed to complete a report.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781426303395
ISBN-10: 1426303394
Format: Hardback
(261mm x 239mm x 10mm)
Pages: 48
Imprint: National Geographic Society
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publish Date: 14-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Judy Fradin

Judy and Dennis Fradin have collectively written over 150 books. This dynamic couple is well known for their carefully researched books recounting harrowing times in history. Their many awards include the 2004 SCBWI Golden Kite Honor book award for The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine, and the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year for 5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft s Flight from Slavery. Their most recent National Geographic title was Earthquakes. "

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