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Children's LiteratureMajor features of volcanoes and their activities are fully described. The introduction features actual experiences with a volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat in 1995. Diagrams and illustrations portray the structure and development of volcanoes. Methods for predicting eruptions and experiences of volcanologists before, during, and after eruptions contribute to a clear understanding of volcano activity. The history of volcanoes beginning with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 and continuing with well known occurrences, such as Kilauea in Hawaii and Mount Saint Helens in Washington State provide background material for the studies that are continuing. The advantage of the dramatic full color illustrations is reduced because the captions are placed directly on them on a strip of contrasting color. A glossary, an index, and a bibliography of sources and web sites contribute to the value of this book for those doing research on volcanoes. This book is part of the "Science on the Edge" series. 2003, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 9 to 13.
— Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.