Environmental Disasters

From the Series Disasters Up Close

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

From chemical leaks and oil spills to toxic pollution and nuclear accidents, environmental disasters are devastating for the people and animals in their wake. Such disasters can destroy the land and wipe out wildlife. They can contaminate buildings and even demolish entire communities. Scientists are still studying the long-term impact of environmental disasters and looking for new ways to mitigate them. With dramatic images and firsthand survivor stories—plus the latest facts and figures—this book shows you environmental disasters up close.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Publication Date 2008-01-01
Dewey 363.7'02
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Guided Reading Level W
ATOS Reading Level 5.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 119391
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Maps, Photo captions, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, and Timeline


  • SSLI Book Award Honor Book, Commended, 2008



“Throughout, high-quality photos anchor the book’s boldly designed pages. . .”


“This book is an informative portrait of environmental tragedies occurring on a global scale.”

School Library Journal

“These books share a similar format: concepts in science and engineering are complemented with historical case studies. Captioned, full-page color photographs reveal the enormity of such incidents as the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the space shuttle Challenger explosion.”
School Library Journal

Author: Mary B. Woods

Mary B. Woods is an elementary school librarian in the Fairfax County (VA) Public School system. She has presented at international librarians' conferences. Mary is the researcher on the Woods team, and Michael is the writer. They have written almost 40 books.

Author: Michael Woods

Michael Woods is a science and medical writer whose nationally syndicated newspaper stories and columns have won numerous national awards. He directs a program at the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, to inform the public about science. Michael is the writer on the Woods team, and Mary is the researcher. They have written almost 40 books.