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Life on Surtsey : Iceland's upstart island
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Published:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017].
Format:
Book
Physical Desc:
73 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 24 x 29 cm.
Rating:
Ages 10-12.
Status:
Green Hills - Kids Non-Fiction
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Description
On November 14, 1963, a volcano fifteen miles off the shore of Iceland exploded under the sea, resulting in a brand-new island. Scientists immediately recognized Surtsey for what it was: an opportunity to observe the way life takes hold. Loree Griffin Burns follows entomologist Erling Ólafsson on a five-day trip to Surtsey, where since 1970 he has studied the arrival and survival of insects and other species. Readers see how demanding conditions on Surtsey can be, what it's like to eat and work while making the smallest impact possible, and the passion driving these remarkable scientists in one of the world's most unique fields ever!
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Language:
English
ISBN:
9780544687233, 054468723X
Reading Level:
MG
Level 7.2, 2 Points
Lexile measure:
1090

Notes

General Note
"Volcanic Islands--where science meets adventure"--Cover.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description
"In this addition to the Scientists in the Field series, readers join scientists as they tackle something unusual in the world of ecosystems: colonization. Not a colonization by people, but one of cells, seeds, spores, and other life forms that blow in, fly in, float in, and struggle to survive on the beautiful but harsh new island of Surtsey."--,Provided by publisher.
Description
On November 14, 1963, something exceptional happened in Iceland--and that's saying a lot. In a country where the average summer temperature is 50°F and the sun only appears for a few hours a day during the winter, an event has to be pretty unusual to stand out. The birth of the island of Surtsey, the newest earth on Earth, was just that. On that November day, a volcano fifteen miles offshore exploded under the sea, nearly six thousand years after the most recent eruption in the area. What resulted was a brand-new island of ash and rock (and, a few years later, lava) named for Surt, the Icelandic god of fire. Almost immediately, scientists recognized Surtsey for what it was: not a pile of desolate rock, but a rare opportunity to observe the way life takes hold on sterile land. As the early Surtsey explorer Sigurder Thorarinsson put it: "When, how, from where, and in what order does life invade such an island?" More than fifty years later, Icelandic scientists are still answering these questions. In her newest Scientists in the Field book, Loree Griffin Burns joins the entomologist Erling Ólafsson on one of his yearly expeditions to Surtsey, where since 1970 he has studied the arrival and survival of insects. Along with a small group of colleagues, Erling observes the island's flora and fauna, records changes, and collects samples to bring back to the mainland for further study. Visit by visit, record by record, Surtsey's passionate scientists are uncovering the process of change that can transform a lump of lava into a thriving island ecosystem. Join the expedition to see just how demanding conditions on Surtsey can be, what it's like to live and work while making the smallest impact possible, and the passion that sustains scientists working in one of the strangest--and youngest--places on Earth. -- from dust jacket.
Target Audience
Ages 10-12.
Target Audience
Grades 4 to 6.
Study Program Information
Accelerated Reader AR,MG,7.2,2,191983.
Awards
NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Recommended Book, 2018
Awards
School Library Journal's Best Books, 2017
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Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Burns, L. G. (2017). Life on Surtsey: Iceland's upstart island. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Burns, Loree Griffin. 2017. Life On Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Burns, Loree Griffin, Life On Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Burns, Loree Griffin. Life On Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. Print.

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