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Title:
Amphibians in danger : a worldwide warning
Author:
Fridell, Ron.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Summary:
Describes the alarming worldwide disappearance of amphibians and its possible link to such conditions as erosion of the ozone layer, greenhouse effect and global warming, and environmental pollution.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1090 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 9.1 3.0 1823.

Reading Counts RC High School 9 7 Quiz: 19291 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780531117378
Format :
Book

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Summary

All over the world, amphibians are dying at an alarming rate, and no one knows why. This book describes what scientists are doing to solve this mystery and also explains why we should care about the loss of frogs, toads, and salamanders. They eat mosquitoes and other insect pests. The chemicals in their skins are potential sources of medicines. Most significantly, they are important members of many of Earth's ecosystems. Their extinction could mean extinction for us all.


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Gr. 7^-12. All around the world, frogs, toads, and salamanders are dying at an alarming rate, and scientists want to know why. Fridell defines and describes these amphibians, their history, place, and purpose in Earth's biodiversity, suspected reasons for their demise, and the scientific research on the topic so far--all in clear, reader-friendly prose. Sidebars explain Latin classifications, and discuss frog and toad legends; many fascinating photos, both black-and-white and color, provide necessary visual references. Fridell focuses on how field scientists devise and conduct research, how studies lead to varying inferences and interpretations, and on recent steps taken to address the amphibian decline. Although the topic may seem specialized, and the included evidence is inconclusive, this lively, engaging book offers important information on the general role of scientists, their methods, and the purpose of research in order to gain a better perspective and understanding of the natural world. Glossary; bibliography; Web sites; pertinent organizations. --Shelle Rosenfeld