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Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature's Mysteries from Perilous Places

by Donna M. Jackson

Published by Houghton Mifflin / Houghton Miffling Harcourt, 2009
78 pages
ISBN: 978-0-618-77706-8

Ages 11 - 15

If you think that being a scientist is a career for the meek, it's time to reconsider. Three contemporary scientists give insight into the potentially dangerous situations into which they regularly venture: Paul Flaherty, a hurricane tracker, studies active storms from the inside of a four-engine turboprop plane; Hazel Barton is a microbiologist who searches for extremophiles in caves, including the underwater variety; and Stephen Sillet examines organisms that live in the canopies of tall-crown trees. In addition to a description of their subjects of study, the scientists relate what first interested them in the field and outline the type of work their professions entail. Each has had close calls on the job, and all describe how experience has taught them to stay safe. This highly visual volume offers many clear photographs illustrating the subjects at work and includes additional sources of information, a glossary, source notes, and index. CCBC categories: The Natural World.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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