317 pages, B/w photos, illus, maps
Chronicles not only their geological behaviour but also their far reaching atmospheric consequences. Descriptions of volcanic events incorporate firsthand accounts of witnesses; the book has a narrative style which ranges widely over the human, agricultural and commercial implications of eruptions. It include a 'tourist guide to volcanoes' with recommended precautions for each.
A vivid, insightful, heavily illustrated book... Most important, Volcanoes is fun. The authors take us on a roller-coaster ride through centuries of volcanic thrills, keeping our attention riveted on the deadly fireworks, while giving us just enough science to deepen our awe. -- William J. Broad The New York Times Book Review A short course in volcanology offered by a team of scientists who bring both scholarship and something like glee to their work... Abundantly illustrated, always accessible and sometimes downright chatty, Volcanoes is a work of science that has not lost its sense of wonder. -- Jonathan Kirsch Los Angeles Times Volcanoes: Crucibles of Change is written by three respected vulcanologists who, having witnessed several volcanic tragedies, hope to inform and educate people about the wonders, the thrills, and the dangers of volcanoes...[It is an] informative and entertaining book. -- Hazel Rymer The Times Higher Education Supplement [An] entertaining and informative book that puts volcanoes firmly in their social and cultural place, as well as summarizing the scientific advances that have helped us to understand why and when they erupt... It's a good read, too, written with enthusiasm and expert knowledge, as well as deadpan humour. -- Sue Bowler New Scientist Volcanoes is a compendium of facts and observations, compellingly and concisely explained. -- Richard Fortey London Review of Books
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