Violent Earth

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A spectacular reference book for the entire family, Violent Earth is an authoritative, stimulating, and visually arresting exploration of the dramatic forces that are constantly shaping our planet — often without warning and with devastating results.

Using powerful photography, specially commissioned illustrations, and intuitive infographics, Violent Earth explores plate tectonics, vulcanology, and seismology in unprecedented detail.

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Overview

A spectacular reference book for the entire family, Violent Earth is an authoritative, stimulating, and visually arresting exploration of the dramatic forces that are constantly shaping our planet — often without warning and with devastating results.

Using powerful photography, specially commissioned illustrations, and intuitive infographics, Violent Earth explores plate tectonics, vulcanology, and seismology in unprecedented detail.

Drawing on the latest scientific research and including detailed maps, revealing areas of key geological activity, such as earthquake zones, volcanic sites, and plate boundaries, Violent Earth also looks at some of the most famous events associated with these places, from the historic eruptions of Laki, Iceland, which is credited with triggering the French Revolution, to the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 250,000 people in 2010.

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Established in 1846, The Smithsonian Institution is a world renowned research center, dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship in the arts, sciences, and history.

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Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, mud slides: The earth seems to be in an uproar and as we are jostled from disaster to the next, we realize that topics like plate tectonics and seismology are more than remote scientific subjects; they are the stuff of life itself. Violent Earth illuminates those dusky subjects with the expertise of The Smithsonian and the graphic skills of DK editors. This fully illustrated, 360-page coffee table book takes you deep into processes that are literally reshaping our planet. As relevant as today's headlines.

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A "Good Morning America" Favorite Coffee Table Book of 2011!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756686857
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/3/2011
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 632,321
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    First Rate

    This book is very well done and up-to-date. It has beautiful pictures taken on an interesting trip inside, above, and around the earth and it lets you experience the forces that control it. It is a first-rate coffee table book that makes a great conversation piece. As stated before, the photographs are amazing and the text very interesting and informative. It easily will keep your attention and no matter what level of knowledge you possess regarding the planet you will walk away with learning something new.

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