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Glaciovolcanism on Earth and Mars: Products, Processes and Palaeoenvironmental Significance

  • Provides the first comprehensive glaciovolcanic lexicon of terminology and an extensive bibliography, allowing readers to quickly identify access points into the literature
  • Uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative descriptions of important physical and chemical processes, making it accessible to a broad range of readers
  • Outlines critical areas for future research, acting as a guide for student projects and to focus new research efforts

By: John L Smellie(Author), Benjamin R Edwards(Author)

490 pages, 25 colour & 148 b/w illustrations, 15 maps, 5 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Jun 2016 | #232487 | ISBN-13: 9781107037397
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The study of volcano-ice interactions, or 'glaciovolcanism', is a field experiencing exponential growth. This comprehensive volume presents a discussion of the distinctive processes and characteristics of glaciovolcanic eruptions, their products, and landforms, with reference to both terrestrial and Mars occurrences. Supported by abundant diagrams and photos from the authors' extensive collections, Glaciovolcanism on Earth and Mars outlines where eruptions have occurred and will occur in the future on Earth, the resulting hazards that are unique to volcano-ice interactions, and how the deposits are used to unravel planetary palaeoclimatic histories. It has a practical focus on lithofacies, glaciovolcanic edifice morphometry and construction, and applications to palaeoenvironmental studies. Providing the first global summary of past and current work, Glaciovolcanism on Earth and Mars also identifies those areas in need of further research, making this an ideal reference for academic researchers and postgraduate students, in the fields of volcanology, glaciology, planetary science and palaeoenvironmental studies.


1. Introduction
2. Distribution of glaciovolcanism
3. Observations of historical and recent glaciovolcanic eruptions
4. Physical properties of ice important for glaciovolcanic eruptions
5. Chemical and physical properties important to glaciovolcanic lavas
6. Physics of glaciovolcanism
7. Analytical studies of glaciovolcanic materials
8. Landform classification and morphometry of glaciovolcanic centres
9. Lithofacies in glaciovolcanic sequences
10. Mafic glaciovolcanic sequences
11. Intermediate-composition glaciovolcanic sequences
12. Felsic glaciovolcanic sequences
13. Glaciovolcanic sequences as palaeoenvironmental proxies
14. Climate triggers for glaciovolcanism
15. Hazards associated with glaciovolcanic eruptions
16. Glaciovolcanism on Mars
17. Outstanding challenges and possibilities
Glossary: the terminology of glaciovolcanism

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John L. Smellie is a professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester. He is the leading expert on Antarctic glaciovolcanism and has extensive experience working on Iceland's glaciovolcanoes. He is a prolific author, having produced over 190 publications, including 10 edited volumes. Professor Smellie is the co-founder and first Chair of the IAVCEI/IACS Commission on Volcano-Ice Interactions, and, in 2000, was co-convener of the first International Conference on Volcano-Ice Interactions on Earth and Mars. He has been awarded the Polar Medal, conferred by Her Majesty The Queen, is co-Chair of the SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) Expert group on Antarctic Volcanism, and has three geographical features in Antarctica named after him.

Benjamin R. Edwards is an associate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Dickinson College, USA. He has over 24 years of field experience working in remote regions of British Columbia, Iceland, Alaska, Russia and South America on modern and ancient glaciovolcanoes, and is one of the leading researchers in the rapidly expanding field of large-scale experimental volcanology, specifically focused on lava-ice and lava-water interactions. Dr Edwards is also a co-founder of the IAVCEI/IACS Commission on Volcano-Ice Interactions, and has convened various special sessions on volcano-ice interactions at AGU, GSA, EGU, and IUGG international conferences.

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