Scientists in the Field . . . to the extreme!
Exploring Nature’s Mysteries from Perilous Places
By Donna M. Jackson
When Paul Flaherty goes to work, he climbs into a four-engine WP-3D Orion turboprop plane and heads directly into the eye of a hurricane. Miles below, Hazel Barton’s job in microbiology takes her to the depths of the world’s most treacherous caves. And on the other side of the topsoil, way, way above the forest floor, Steve Sillet passes his days (and sometimes his nights) in the canopies of the tallest trees on earth.
Welcome to the work and worlds of extreme scientists. From hurricanes to caves to the crowns of towering redwoods, these scientists battle some of the earth’s most intense conditions in order to save lives, preserve species, and help us to better understand the way our planet works.
Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature’s Mysteries from Perilous Places (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; May 2009) is written by award-winning author Donna M. Jackson, and features beautiful full-color photographs that take the reader to the deepest depths and highest peaks of our world.
This new addition to the acclaimed Scientists in the Field series is for the budding scientist, the curious observer, and the explorer in all of us, who longs to know more about the amazing planet that we inhabit and the brilliant and dedicated scientists whose work enables us to see the earth in wonderful new ways.
Donna M. Jackson is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for children and holds a master’s degree in journalism. When she’s not being an extreme author, Ms. Jackson enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. She lives in Colorado. Visit her website at www.donnamjackson.net.
Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature’s Mysteries from Perilous Places
May 2009 ∑ Ages 8–12 ∑ 80 pages ∑ $18.00 ∑ Hardcover
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ∑ Boston, Massachusetts ∑ www.homhbooks.com
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