Monday, March 30, 2009

Nonfiction Monday: Diving to a Deep-Sea Volcano by Kenneth Mallory

I have become deeply fascinated by the excellent Scientists in the Field series, so much so that I've accidentally bought duplicates for my library...oops. They're all so beautifully written! Such amazing photographs! Such clear explanations! And this one is no exception.

Kenneth Mallory does an excellent job of explaining how Rich Lutz and other scientists are exploring the effects and progression of deep-sea volcanos. The pictures show the mysterious creatures that live and die around these boiling vents of water and chemicals as well as the strange rock formation formed by lava deep underwater.

As always, my favorite part of the Scientists in the Field book is the introduction to a real scientist - Rich Lutz. His education and interest as a scientist is nicely woven throughout the text as well as how he started studying deep-sea volcanos.

Verdict; This is an inspiring and fascinating story for budding scientists or anyone interested in the mysterious deep in the ocean.

ISBN: 0618332057; Published October 2006 by Houghton Mifflin; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library

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