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Books and other resources

available at the Learning Studio

(A text-only, printer-friendly version of this list is also available.)

1001 questions answered about earthquakes, avalanches, floods, and other natural disasters

by Barbara Tufty.

A basic FAQ on natural disasters, first published in 1969, "clear and stimulating enough to interest the potential scientist in every layman who reads them." Some black and white photos.

8.6 : the great Alaska earthquake, March 27, 1964

by Stan Cohen

Black and white photos (and some color) supplemented with maps and clear, simple diagrams give a dry but complete overview of the results of this major quake.

 Alaska earthquake 1964 : where were you?

compiled by Joy Griffin

First-person accounts of the same earthquake fill out the picture and tell what it's like to experience an 8.6 quake.

 :15 : fifteen seconds : the great California earthquake of 1989

Tides Foundation

Color photos and short, well-chosen quotes tell the story of the Loma Prieta Quake in the San Francisco Bay Area and Peninsula.

Earthquake games : earthquakes and volcanoes explained by 32 games and experiments

Matthys Levy and Mario Salvadori

The title says it all. Some activities could be adapted for science fairs. Elementary to middle-school; line drawings and diagrams.


Bruce A. Bolt

A historical view of earthquakes and our eolving attempts to understand and predict them.

Earthquakes and earth structure.

John H. Hodgson

"Intended for the nonspecialist," explores historical quakes that illustrate different aspects of seismology and theory.

Earthquakes and geological discovery

Bruce A. Bolt.

What seismology has taught us about the rest of the geological spectrum. Especially good historical illustrations and color charts.

Earthquakes and volcanoes

Robert Muir Wood

Colorful diagrams of how these catastrophes come about, and a quake-by-quake timeline (since 1556!) Gives a sense of what a quake scientist's job is like.

Earthquakes and volcanoes : readings from Scientific American

with introductions by Bruce A. Bolt

Essays at varying levels of technical difficulty, with excellent maps, diagrams and aerial photographs of faultlines.

The elements rage

Frank W. Lane

"This is a book about extreme natural violence," says the Preface: a collection of survvors' stories of quakes and other events, woven through with science.

Music of the earth : volcanoes, earthquakes, and other geological wonders

by Ron L. Morton.

A delightfully personal meditation on geology, replete with poetry, music, and such analogies as the meeting of Sumo wrestlers for the collision of tectonic plates, or desert types as "Mae West vs. Olive Oyl."

Historical catastrophes: earthquakes

Billye Walker Brown and Walter R. Brown

Middle-school level stories of eight historic quakes, illustrated with black & white photos and woodcuts.

Inside the earth

by Rose Wyler and Gerald Ames

A "Golden Book" -- grade-school level, with almost cartoonish illustrations. . A starting point for younger readers.

Measuring earthquakes

by Nancy Cook

Math activities based on seismology, the Richter scale, and powers of ten, for middle-school to high school students. Graphs, worksheets and some maps.

Our violent earth

National Geographic Society

Big, colorful photos and charts, with concise text and a folder of classroom activities about earthquakes and other extremes of nature.

Powers of nature

Special Publications Div., National Geographic

More narrative than the other National Geographic book, with many personal accounts of quakes and other natural disasters.

Superquake! : why earthquakes occur and when the big one will hit

David Ritchie

Some science, some history (Mark Twain's account of 1906) and plenty of sensationalism. about the folly of building, as Los Angeles has, on a major earthquake corridor.

Resource Guide to Earth Sciences

Karenne Snow

Earth from its formation to the present, with a particularly good section on plate techtonics. Includes class activities, field trip suggestions, bibliography and list of relatedjournals and agencies.

Why the earth quakes

Matthys Levy and Mario Salvadori

Clear, simple but not simplistic overview with examples from specific quakes. Black & white drawings illustrate concepts, often better than photos of the same scene.

Earthquakes : a teacher's package for K-6

produced by the National Science Teachers Association

Classroom activities, by grade level, with detailed bibliographies for teachers. Designed for easy photocopying of maps, puzzle pieces, and color-it-yourself exercises.

A few additional resources at higher reading levels are available on this separate page.

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