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Title:
The next wave : the quest to harness the power of the oceans
Author:
Rusch, Elizabeth, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]

© 2014.
Physical Description:
72 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm.
Summary:
From an acclaimed Scientists in the Field author comes the electrifying story of the scientists and engineers who are working to transform ocean waves into electricity in hopes of generating a cleaner, more sustainable power source.
Language:
English
Contents:
The power of waves -- The mikes -- Building buoys -- Steel in the water -- Ducking the waves -- Testing, testing -- Big power from big seas -- Saved by waves? -- Wave words -- A big wave of thanks.
Reading Level:
Middle School.

1070 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.0 3.0 169660.
ISBN:
9780544099999
Format :
Book

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Journey to the wave-battered coast of the Pacific Northwest tonbsp;meet some of the engineers and scientistsnbsp;working to harness the punishing force of our oceans, one of the nature's powerful and renewable energy sources. With an array of amazingnbsp;devices that cling to the bottom of the sea floor and surf on the crests of waves, these explorers are using a combination of science, imagination, and innovationnbsp;to try to capturenbsp;wave energynbsp;in the hopes ofnbsp;someday powering our lives in a cleaner, more sustainable way.


Author Notes

The award-winning freelance writer Elizabeth Rusch has published more than one hundred articles in magazines such as Muse, Smithsonian, and Mother Jones. She is the author of a number of award-winning nonfiction titles for children, including Eruption!, The Mighty Mars Rovers, Generation Fix, Will it Blow?, The Planet Hunter, and For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart.


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Booklist Review

From the Scientists in the Field series, this informative book introduces several engineers who are working to turn the force of ocean waves into electric power. The most engaging sections follow the Mikes, two childhood friends who rode bikes and built forts together. In high school, they helped start a science club, and, as seniors at Oregon State, they teamed up to invent a wave device. More than a decade later, they returned to that idea, won grants, and built an energy apparatus that sits on the ocean floor. In another long-term project begun at the university, an engineering professor and her students invented a floating wave-energy device. Both projects and others profiled are ongoing. Throughout the book, color photos show the teams' work in various stages. Sidebars introduce topics such as the practical applications of wave-energy production and the possible effects of wave-energy devices on marine animals. The author of The Mighty Mars Rovers (2012) and Eruption! (2013), Rusch once again looks at the convergence of science and technology. Writing clearly about the engineers' trial-and-error methods, she conveys the importance of testing, the necessity of funding, and the satisfaction of working toward a worthwhile goal. A fine choice for young people intrigued by engineering and oceanography.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Gr 5-8-Rainforests and savannahs, coral reefs and tundra-readers are most likely familiar with these fields in which scientists work. But this time, it is the energy of the physical movement of the global ocean that is the field, and here in this world of watery physics, a series of imaginative, innovative engineers have been designing, building, and experimenting to successfully harness this inexorable surge of energy. Rusch's readable text follows three very varied groups of visionary engineers on this quest: Mike Morrow and Mike Delos-Reyes (who are working on a device that will allow people to sit upon the ocean floor), Annette von Jouanne and her team (working on a floating design), and the cofounders of Ocean Power Technologies, the first to win a permit to generate "ocean electricity" to be marketed to homes and businesses on the Oregon coast. Included are sidebars on a rich variety of topics such as "Working with Watts" and a global inventory of "Wild Wave Inventions of the World." Colorful diagrams and a plethora of photos provide visual stimulation as well. This pellucid look into a promising field of alternative energy (so needed in a warming world) and into the scientists devoting their lives to bring concept into reality is informative, intriguing, and inspiring.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.