Life On Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island by Loree Griffin BurnsLife On Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island by Loree Griffin Burns

Life On Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island

byLoree Griffin Burns

Hardcover | November 14, 2017

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On November 14, 1963, a volcano fifteen miles off the shore of Iceland exploded under the sea, resulting in a brand-new island. Scientists immediately recognized Surtsey for what it was: an opportunity to observe the way life takes hold.

Loree Griffin Burns follows entomologist Erling Olafsson on a five-day trip to Surtsey, where since 1970 he has studied the arrival and survival of insects and other species. Readers see how demanding conditions on Surtsey can be, what it's like to eat and work while making the smallest impact possible, and the passion driving these remarkable scientists in one of the world's most unique fields ever!

Loree Griffin Burns, Ph.D., did her doctoral at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Ms. Burns lives in Massachusetts with her husband and children. She is the author of Beetle Busters, Tracking Trash, and The Hive Detectives . Learn more about Loree at and follow her on Twitter @loreegburns.
Title:Life On Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart IslandFormat:HardcoverDimensions:80 pages, 9 × 11 × 0.45 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:054468723X

ISBN - 13:9780544687233


Editorial Reviews

? An amazing science adventure well worth the trip." - Kirkus, starred review ? " Burns clearly conveys the long hours and spare conditions for such work? as well as the research team's unmitigated enthusiasm? .Appendices offer insights into Iceland's culture and extreme climate, all of which enrich this unique demonstration of life's awe-inspiring tenacity." - Booklist, starred review ?"A plethora of curriculum connections make this a STEM title not to miss; budding scientists will return to this again and again." - School Library Journal, STARRED review "Burns, who traveled with Icelandic researchers to Surtsey, meticulously documents every detail of life in a remote field station, from the particulars of trapping insects to the extremes taken to minimize human impact on the island." - Horn Book "