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Dangerous Planet: Natural Disasters That Changed History

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Did a meteorite wipe out the dinosaurs and allow for human evolution? Did an earthquake usher in the rise of Greek civilization? Did a snowstorm help create the New York subway? The answer to all these questions is a resounding yes! Over and over again, natural disasters have influenced the course of human history in ways great and small. From the Great Fire of London to t ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 12th 2003 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Phdrseuss
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE TITLE SAYS ALOT.

Very educational and worth the read. I learned a lot.

It tells a lot of history that starts from the disappearance of dinosaurs to the present. It starts off with the time of dinosaurs, followed by The Bronze Age Cultures, Empires that died, the Hundred Year Wars period (that lasted 116 years I didn't know or just forgot) ....... the list goes on up to today.

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Victor Sonkin
A brief description of various disasters in human history.
wildct2003
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good collection of events and effects.
Eric
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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If I were still 9 years old, I would have loved this book. Its illustrations are fantastic, and the subject matter opens your mind beyond the short-sighted modern history that we myopically assume to be the status quo from this point forth. In truth, 50 years of modern recollection doesn't encompass give us a whole lot of insight on the next 50 years - our world operates on time scales much larger. It's good to remind people that natural extremes have changed the course of history before, and wi ...more
Barbara
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gr 5-9
Summary(CIP): Describes specific occurrences of natural disasters, such as meteor impacts, landslides, typhoons, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes, and their impact on human history.

REVIEW: Showing how history intersects with the effects of the natural world – be it fires, earthquakes, storms, or meteoric impacts – makes for a great resource for classroom discussions, readers advisory, and those nonfiction aficionados. In Darwinian fashion, the author points out the ecological or social openin
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Debrarian
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Totally fascinating little vignettes, chockfull of derivations and interesting connections. Just enough information. Way fun. Totally fascinating very short pieces about meteor impacts, typhoons, mudslides, volcanic eruptions, etc., that happened at just the right time to help defeat a particular enemy, destroy a crucial fleet of ships, and otherwise mess with human history.
Danielle
Mar 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, nonfiction
Cool book for upper-elementary kids on the historical impact of natural disasters. Would England be in control of France today if not for a hailstorm? Did a blizzard result in the creation of the New York City subway system? Full of fun facts.
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