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By: Peter Francis and Clive Oppenheimer

521 pages, 570 figs

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Dec 2003 | Edition: 2 | #141066 | ISBN: 0199254699
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The authors examine the familiar violent aspects of volcanoes and the various forms that eruptions can take. They also explore why volcanoes occur where they do, and how examples of major historical eruptions can be interpreted in terms of physical processes. They attempt to place volcanism in a planetary perspective, exploring the pre-eminent role of submarine volcanism on Earth and the stunning range of volcanic phenomena revealed by spacecraft exploration of the Solar System. The new edition reflects new research findings and new eruptions.


1. The Basics: isotopes and green cheese; 2. Keeping planets cool: volcanoes, hot-spots, and plate tectonics; 3. Four classic eruptions; 4. Magma - the hot stuff; 5. Types of volcanic activity; 6. Lava Flows; 7. Pyroclastic eruptions: bubbles, bangs, columns, and currents; 8. What goes up must come down: pyroclastic fall deposits; 9. Pyroclastic currents from collapsing domes and transient eruptions; 10. Pyroclastic currents and ignimbrites associated with plinian eruptions; 11. Super-eruptions, super-volcanoes and calderas; 12. Debris avalanches and flows: magic carpets and muck; 13. Volcanoes as landscape forms; 14. Submarine volcanism; 15. Extraterrestrial volcanoes; 16. Eruptions and climate; 17. Volcano monitoring; 18. Reducing volcanic risks

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