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Firefly Books, 2003 - Nature - 335 pages

Volcanoes describes in stunning detail 100 active volcanoes around the planet. Every entry describes the principal characteristics of the volcano, such as the geodynamic environment leading to its formation, its structure, special features, morphology, its method of eruption, and the materials erupted. There are also traveler's directions for reaching each volcano.

The word volcano usually evokes images of cone-shaped mountains with smooth, steep slopes and a plume of smoke rising skyward. This, however, is only one of the five types of volcanoes. In this comprehensive guide, readers will learn about these basic types:

  • Island-Arc volcanoes (Alaska, Japan and Indonesia)
  • Hot-Spot volcanoes (Hawaii)
  • Ocean-Ridge volcanoes (Iceland)
  • Continental-Margin volcanoes (North America and the Andes)
  • Continental-Rift volcanoes (eastern Africa)

Written and illustrated by experts in the field, Volcanoes will appeal to readers interested in science and natural history; travelers to regions of volcanic activity; students; and inhabitants of areas exposed to volcanic eruptions.

The book also addresses predicting eruptions and how to minimize the risks posed by them.


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Not a volcanologist, but it looks to me like the magma temperature viscosity graph on p 36 is backwards; shows increasing viscosity with increasing temperature.
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Volcanoes of the East African Rift Zone The system of the African Rift begins at the point of convergence of the Red Sea (which has two above-sea-level volcanoe) and the Gulf of Aden (one above-sea level volcano) in the sea around Djibouti (four volcanoes) from there it crosses Eritrea and Ethiopia (47 volcanoes) P.148 


Preface by Franco Barberi

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About the author (2003)

Mauro Rosi teaches the physics of volcanism at the University of Pisa. He studies and explores volcanoes throughout the world, particularly in the Andes. He is a member of the editorial committee of the magazine Bulletin of Volcanology and is studying volcanic risk in Italy for the Department of Civil Protection.

Paolo Papale is a researcher in volcanology at the National Institute of Geophysics and the Department of Earth Sciences at Pisa; his primary field is the computerized simulation of eruptions. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.

Luca Lupi is founder of Vulcano Esplorazioni, which studies volcanoes and organizes scientific-naturalistic expeditions to volcanoes worldwide.

Marco Stoppato is a leading science photographer and geologist who specializes in volcanology. His photographs appear in many of the most important travel and popular science magazines, including Tuttoturism, Gullivers, Aqua, No Limits, Focus, Newton, and Scienza and Vita.

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