|Publish Date:||Aug 2009|
|Number of Pages:||325|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.7|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.75 x 9.75 x 0.75|
|Terms to Know|
|Early Weather History|
|Air and Air Pressure|
|Layers of the Atmosphere|
|The Ozone Layer|
|Heat and Cold|
|Clouds and Precipitation|
|Ice, Snow, Hail, and Frost|
|Blizzards and Avalanches|
|Hurricanes, Monsoons, and Tropical Storms|
|Thunder and Thunderstorms|
|Rainbows and Other Colorful Phenomena|
|Geography, Oceanography, and Weather|
|Rain, Ice, and Geography|
|Geography, Oceanography and Weather|
|Weather In Space|
|Sunspots and Solar Activity|
|The Magnetic Field|
|Van Allen Belts|
|Meteors, Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets|
|Humanity And The Weather|
|General Pollution Facts|
|Careers in Meteorology|
Hile, author of several similar Answer Book titles, has compiled an attractive Q&A volume on weather in 11 chapters, illustrated with crisp color photos; large, easy-to-read text; and keywords in questions in bold font. The chapters cover "Weather Fundamentals", "The Atmosphere", "Heat and Cold", "Clouds and Precipitation", "Stormy Weather", "Atmospheric Phenomena", "Geography, Oceanography, and Weather", "Weather in Space", "Humanity and the Weather", "Climate Change", and "Modern Meteorology". The questions are short, and the answers are mostly about a paragraph long.
The major problem with this volume is the index. For example, both the introduction and the back cover refer to the crash of the Space Shuttle Challenger, but the entry on Challenger could not be found in the index. There are index listings both for NASA and for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, but they list different page numbers. A thorough and well-done index is critical to the use of a Q&A work for reference, and this volume is lacking in this important area.
Bottom Line: Although this title might get some use in a circulating collection, a good weather encyclopedia would better serve librarians and their patrons. An optional purchase at best.
-Rosanne M. Cordell, Indiana Univ. South Bend Lib.
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