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Break down : explosions, implosions, crashes, crunches, cracks and more... a how things work look at how things don't  Cover Image Book Book

Break down : explosions, implosions, crashes, crunches, cracks and more... a how things work look at how things don't / Mara Grunbaum.

Grunbaum, Mara, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781426373053
  • ISBN: 1426373058
  • ISBN: 9781426373060
  • ISBN: 1426373066
  • Physical Description: 208 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm.
  • Publisher: Washington D.C. : National Geographic, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 198-199) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Another one bites the dust -- Out with a bang: Building demolition -- We've got a job to do: Demolition engineer -- Crushing it: Car crushers -- Timber!: Taking down giant trees -- Smash it up: Wrecking balls -- Lesson learned!: Demolition disaster -- Look out below: Breaking bridges -- Try this!: Da Vinci Bridge: make a bridge out of craft sticks -- Built to break -- Crash compactor: Safe car design -- We've got a job to do: Crash-test Engineer -- Shock absorber: Electrical fuses -- Big bangs: Exploding fireworks -- Lesson learned!: Fireworks fail -- Head protector: Helmet technology -- Burn, baby, burn: Self-destructing spacecraft -- Try this!: Snack smasher: build a package to protect a precious treat -- Famous failures -- The Titanic: Iceberg encounter -- Sticky situation: The Great Molasses Flood -- We've got a job to do: Forensic engineer -- Up in flames: the Hindenburg -- Lesson learned!: Buckling Bridge -- Tippy tower: The Leaning Tower of Pisa -- Sinking stadium: The Minneapolis Metrodome -- Not-so-great Pyramids: Failed wonders of the world -- Try this!: Incredible edible edifice: Build a strong tower, then watch it fall -- Destructive by nature -- Swallowed up: Sinkholes -- Shake it up: Earthquakes -- Lesson learned!: One big quake -- Gone to rot: How things decompose -- Avalaaaaanche!: Fast-moving snow slides -- We've got a job to do: Storm chaser -- Plague of pests: Locusts -- Try this! Apple mummies: Keep apples from decomposing -- Everyday chaos -- The big burst: Popping balloons -- Screen saver: Shattering smartphones -- We've got a job to do: Skateboard smasher -- Say "Aaaaah!": Tooth decay -- Super skeleton: Broken bones -- Metal destroyer: Rust -- All backed up: Clogged toilets -- Lesson learned!: The great sink -- Try this! A bit rusty: Discover how to make rust, and stop it from forming in the first place.
Summary, etc.:
"In this book, kids will learn the fascinating ways that things work by learning how they come apart"-- Provided by publisher.
"Boom! Crash! Crumble! Demolition experts bring down a massive building within its own footprint; the hood of a car crumples in a crash, exactly as planned; and a wave of molasses covers a city in sticky goo. What is going on? From quick answers to in-depth explanations, we've got you covered. Discover all about the mighty -- and mightily controlled -- explosions responsible for demo'ing old buildings, producing awesome fireworks, and more. Dig into a world of things -- like your bike helmet -- that are actually designed to break. Peer inside awe-inspiring natural disasters like sinkholes and avalanches, and marvel at the fascinating science of how things break down." -- Back cover.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12 National Geographic
Grades 4-6 National Geographic
Subject: Structural failures > Juvenile literature.
Failure analysis (Engineering) > Juvenile literature.
Wrecking > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Trivia and miscellanea.
Illustrated works.

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Cass County.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Cass County Library-Northern Resource Center J 620.1 GRU 2022 (Text) 0002206017564 Juvenile Non-Fiction Checked out 02/13/2023

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