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  • Authored by: Erik Hanson
  • From the Series: The Extreme Earth
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816064350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6435-9
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $39.50
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 03/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 500
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 224


Canyons chronicles the origins, history, and structure of the world's most breathtaking gorges, from North America's spectacular Grand Canyon to western Australia's exciting Windjana Gorge, where the Leonard River snakes its way through an ancient barrier reef. This book also discusses tectonic activity, undersea canyons, liquid rock, and pinpoints recent scientific studies and modern-day ecological challenges. Full-color and black-and-white photographs and line drawings, a glossary, and listings of resources for further study amplify the text and engage readers in the topic.


Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. 8-page, full-color insert. Glossary. Sidebars. Further reading. Web sites. Index.

About the Author(s)

Erik Hanson lives near Minneapolis. His area, biological science writing, has led him to do magazine and newspaper pieces on topics as varied as meteor showers, city park ecology, and brain research. He has worked as a researcher's assistant in the Alzheimer's Research Center at Regions Hospital in St. Paul and is coauthor of the geography-related book The Everything Kids' Travel Activity Book.

The foreword was written by Geoffrey H. Nash, a geologist with wide experience in surface mapping of rock formations, oil and gas exploration, environmental engineering, and surface water quality. Nash also has interests in paleontology, fossils, and natural selection. He received a B.A. from Knox College in Illinois and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

Reviews and Awards

“…a fascinating combination of geography and geology…a wealth of scientific information…Recommended.”
Library Media Connection

“Chapters are detailed and complete, well organized with human-interest insets…[The] book creates its own sense of wonder…inspires the reader on to further study.”
Christian Library Journal

“…will provide good supplements for instruction in the earth sciences and geography…”

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