Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Epic Treks

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Epic Treks

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Epic Treks

By Betty Hagglund

$19.99. 64 pp. Kingfisher Books, New York. 2011. ISBN: 9780753466681.

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Epic Treks describes a group of explorers who risked their lives venturing into the unknown on four continents. Readers will be awed by the vision, bravery, dedication, and commitment of these pioneers, and they'll learn how these expeditions were initiated and achieved. Featured explorers include Meriwether Lewis and William Clark exploring the prairies and mountains of the American West, David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley traveling in the jungles of central Africa, Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills exploring the deserts of the Australian outback, and Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott racing to the South Pole.

Each expedition is introduced with a brief history, giving the aims of the mission and funding sources. Along with concise details, the author uses subtopics, maps, timelines, graphs, charts, illustrations, photographs, foldout posters, and gatefolds to show the path of each journey. Pertinent information is listed in the "Expedition Fact Files." The author also notes that explorers who competed in similar treks made many contributions.

Learning how these explorers prepared for everything is exciting and thought-provoking. Each expedition was undertaken by an unusual person with the drive and curiosity to explore unfamiliar territory. Although each adventure has an individual thrust, similarities and differences are clearly delineated. It's mindboggling to think of the skills needed to organize a team and amass all of the animals and equipment needed for these journeys. …

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