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Worlds on Fire: Volcanoes on the Earth, the Moon, Mars, Venus and Io

Popular Science

By: Charles Frankel

358 pages, 24 colour plates, 135 halftones, line drawings

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Sep 2005 | #155359 | ISBN: 0521803934
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Worlds on Fire takes the reader on a fascinating tour of the mightiest volcanoes in the Solar System. From Kilauea volcano in Hawaii and Mount Etna in Sicily, it leaps to the lava fields and rilles of the Moon, retraces the historic footsteps of the Apollo astronauts and describes new volcanic provinces to explore. The three largest volcanoes of Mars - Olympus Mons, Alba Patera and Arsia Mons - are profiled, amongst others. The strange world of Venus, revealed by radar, opens our perspective of volcanism to features never seen before: pancake domes of puffed-up lava, and gigantic fault rings sitting over buried magma chambers. The tour of the Solar System ends with the only current eruptions outside Earth: the spectacular volcanoes of Io - Jupiter's fiery moon. This highly readable book, illustrated with the most recent imagery from spacecraft, will appeal to general readers, and students of Earth and planetary sciences.

'This book gives an excellent up-to-date account of how volcanologists, like archaeologists of the planets, are figuratively digging into ancient lava flows, ash falls and enormous volcanic mountains to reconstruct the dramas of geologic evolution on different worlds.' Dr William K. Hartmann, Mars Global Surveyor participating scientist and author of A Traveler's Guide to Mars 'Charles Frankel hosts a space journey that is both entertaining and educational. ... From the lava seas on the Moon to the sulphur plains of Io, this book takes us on imaginary field trips to visit the best of volcanoes everywhere. Somebody get me a spaceship.' BBC Focus '... a fascinating tour of the mightiest volcanoes on Earth, the Moon, Mars, Venus and Io, which specialists and laymen alike will enjoy ... This is an excellent book - it is well written, structured and illustrated.' Sky at Night 'The text provides for all levels of reader, with an innovative narrative, which is a joy to read. It is so quickly engrossing that I had to physically wrest the book from my wife to begin this review.' Steve Ringwood, Astronomy Now '... a fun book ...' Times Higher Education Supplement '... the tour guide was so fascinating it made me want to pack my rucksack and set off immediately ...' The Observatory '... a lucid account of how ideas and knowledge evolved ...' Geological Magazine 'It is written by an eminent geologist with vision ... Altogether a helpful dependable summary of planetary exploration, focusing on twenty-five volcanic sites.' OUGS Journal


1. Volcanism on Earth; 2. A tour of terrestrial volcanoes; 3. Volcanism on the Moon; 4. A tour of Lunar volcanoes; 5. Volcanism on Mars; 6. A tour of Martian volcanoes; 7. Volcanism on Venus; 8. A tour of Venusian volcanoes; 9. Volcanism on Io; 10. A tour of Ionian volcanoes.

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Charles Frankel is a geologist who has written several books and directed scientific documentaries.

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