Scientists in the Field
Spiral Notebook
by Harriet Low
September 5, 2017
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As Scientists in the Field readers know from inspiring titles like Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion, The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe, Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass and more, understanding the way humans impact our environment—and how we can protect the flora and fauna that populate our incredibly diverse planet—is both crucial and fascinating. Scientists in just about every field, whether it’s robotics, astronomy, or entomology, are investigating how climate change may affect the fields they study, and how they can use their skills to learn about and help offset climate change.


Don Brown, author of award-winning nonfiction graphic novels like Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans and The Great American Dust Bowl took notice, and wondered how understanding the long history of our earth (including the astounding science behind it!) might help readers grasp ideas surrounding climate change and global warming. His new book, Older Than Dirt: A Wild but True History of Earth publishes today!


A team effort with co-author Dr. Michael Perfit, Older Than Dirt takes readers back in time to learn which variables worked together to help form, shape, and change our planet, including the forces that are working on our planet right now—one of which is us humans! With a charming groundhog and his new friend—a worm!—as your tour guides, you’ll learn tons about the geological history of earth, from what causes the ocean tides to how mountains form, and even laugh along the way.


But don’t stop there: visit the website Don put together to help his readers find factual, reliable resources to learn even more about the challenges of climate change. Science Straight Talk is a great website for any SITF fan to visit, whether or not you’ve read Older Than Dirt. The site includes facts, videos, and further reading recommendations. And don’t forget to visit your local libraries and book stores to read up on these crucial issues, just like Don suggests!

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