256 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, b/w maps, tables
Despite growing evidence of geothermal activity under Yellowstone, it look geologists a long time to realize there was a volcano beneath this wildlife preserve, and an even longer time to find the crater. Aerial photographs revealed this as 45 miles wide, encompassing the whole of Yellowstone! What will happen, in human terms, when it erupts?
Greg Breining explores the shocking answers to this question and others in this scientific and accessible look at this enormous disaster brewing beneath one of the world's best-known parks. Historically, Yellowstone has erupted every 600,000 years, but has not done so for 630,000 years, meaning it is 30,000 years overdue – any day now, in geological terms! Yellowstone is one of the worlds five 'SuperVolcanoes', and when it erupts the entire world will be affected dramatically and for years! Starting with a scenario of what will happen when Yellowstone blows, this fascinating study describes how volcanoes function and a timeline of famous volcanic eruptions throughout history.
"Science writer and author Breining (Return of the Eagle) gives readers a solid introduction to modern volcanology in this look at 'super volcanoes' in general ... and the Yellowstone caldera ... Breining has done a public service by bringing these hazards to light with straight-forward writing and a well-organized text, clearly explaining complicated, violent geological processes without ignoring the awe-inspiring beauty of volcanic landscapes ... Bolstered by clearly laid-out maps, Breining's talent for elucidating complex phenomena makes this one of the best books on volcanoes a general reader can hope for."
- PW Web Excusive Online reviews
"Super Volcano captures the essence, the excitement, and the deep and far-reaching influence of the world's greatest heat anomaly. Breining writes for the layperson with enthusiasm and informality, bringing the subjects to life...A rare read! Highly recommended."
- Choice, March 2008
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