Introduces students to the topic of weather and natural disasters while delving into the scientific aspects of various types of disasters including: blizzards, earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes, volcanoes, and wildfires. Attention is given to recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Indian Ocean tsunami, and the Philippine mudslide. The set is made up of five volumes. The first volume consists of a weather overview, covering such topics as weather basics, weather phenomena, forecasting, and climate. The second, third, and fourth volumes encompass weather and natural disasters from A to Z with fascinating glimpses into the science behind each type of disaster, interesting facts and figures, and first-hand accounts of destruction, rescue and reconstruction. Volume 5 covers accounts of the effect of human activities on the weather and advances in new technology. Features include approximately 300 full-color photos, illustrations, and maps; timeline; "Words to Know"; chronology; and a cumulative index.
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