Poles apart

by Scott, Elaine, 1940-

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Children's Non Fiction j 998 SCO
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Children's Non Fiction
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 998 SCO8
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Non-Fiction j q 909.091 SCO
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 909.091 SCO 2004
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  J 909.091 SCO 2004
Santa Claus frolicking with penguins and polar bears--do you know what's wrong with this picture? Actually, no penguin has ever lived at the North Pole, nor any polar bear at the South Pole.
Using a wide range of disciplines from physics to geography to biology, award- winning science writer Elaine Scott explores some of the unique properties shared by the two ends of the Earth's axis, and other ways in which they are poles apart. Find out what makes a compass point north and why it won't work at the poles. Discover how a tropical island wound up as the coldest spot on earth and why only penguins survive there today. And learn the fascinating story of human involvement with the poles, from the early explorers to the impact of global warming.
With dramatic color photographs and clear, simple text, Poles Apart offers the perfect introduction to the secrets of the poles.
Drifting apart : Gondwanaland and Laurasia
Poles apart : summer and winter
Mutual attraction : the magnetic poles
The people : Inuit and None
Never neighbors : penguins in the south
Never neighbors : polar bears in the north
Great races : first to see them
Great races : first to claim them
The poles today : lessons from the ice.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 4-8. This handsome, informative book introduces the North and South Poles: their origins, seasons, composition, magnetism, people, animals, exploration, and recent changes. Scott vividly describes the difficulties faced by early explorers and explains matters such as why polar bears would probably not survive in Antarctica. The final chapter discusses recent research as well as the effects of global warming at the ends of the earth. The many excellent color illustrations include clear photographs of wildlife and mysterious, beautiful shots of the northern lights as well as maps and period photos. Scott writes well, never talking down to her audience but making scientific and historical information understandable. Though there are no source notes, the book ends with an annotated bibliography of books recommended for young readers and a list of Web sites. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Polar regions -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :Viking,2004
Language English
Description 63 pages, 1 unnumbered page : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page [24]) and index.
ISBN 0670059250
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