Volcanoes

Volcanoes

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by Philippe Bourseiller, Jacques Durieux
     
 

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With hot coursing lava and rolling clouds of ash, a volcanic eruption is one of nature’s most exciting and deadly shows. There are approximately 1500 active volcanoes around the world, and their unpredictability and intensity are matched only by their visually stunning bursts of activity.

In this spectacular oversized volume, award-winning photographer

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With hot coursing lava and rolling clouds of ash, a volcanic eruption is one of nature’s most exciting and deadly shows. There are approximately 1500 active volcanoes around the world, and their unpredictability and intensity are matched only by their visually stunning bursts of activity.

In this spectacular oversized volume, award-winning photographer Philippe Bourseiller documents the awesome power and devastating aftermath of volcanoes. More than 170 full-color double-page spreads, including satellite photos, depict the dramatic outbursts of active volcanoes in images of red-hot oceans and rivers of fire, massive craters and islands formed from molten rock, and silt-coated towns filled with inhabitants struggling to cope with chaos.

From the ancient ruins of Pompeii, wrecked by the wrath of Vesuvius, to the recently awakened Guagua Pichincha near the equator, Bourseiller’s photographs trace the history and terrible beauty of volcanoes while the text provides the most up-to-date methods for predicting and adapting to the eruptions of these awe-inspiring giants.

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bn.com
If you were entraced by the bestseller Earth from Above, this gorgeous coffee-table book will wow you with its fantastical images of volcanoes and the people who live in their shadows. With text by noted volcanologist Jacques Durieux, the book showcases the work of Philippe Bourseiller, a five-time winner of the World Press Prize. Many of the photographs seem like abstract paintings saturated in color and form -- hot-red lava, eye-popping yellow sulfur, lush green jungle -- while others are intimate portraits -- an ash-covered woman surveying her rice field, Japanese children in hardhats at an evacution exercise, a lone scientist knee-deep in water.
Library Journal
At first glance, this would appear to be just another oversize book of pretty pictures. But while the color photographs are impressive, the text is equally important; Durieux is a volcanologist who has been consulted by the United Nations to evaluate sites for damage and safety, particularly in Africa. Each chapter includes five to ten pages of introductory text on a focused topic, from legends to personal exploratory experiences to scientific description of how volcanoes form. Following are a page of thumbnail photos with descriptions and 30 to 40 pages of incredibly detailed images of volcanoes from all over the world, taken by Bourseiller, a five-time winner of the World Press Prize. The drawbacks are that the text has neither footnotes nor references for further reading and the photographs have no page numbers so that flipping pages is required to connect a photograph to its description. Still, this is very attractive and informative book on volcanoes. Recommended for larger public libraries or home.-Jean E. Crampon, Science & Engineering Lib., Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435109971
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
10/02/2008
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
14.02(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.22(d)

Meet the Author

Philippe Bourseiller, five-time winner of the prestigious World Press Prize, travels the world photographing wild and unexplored places. For more than a decade he has photographed active volcanoes and their effects on surrounding civilizations.

Jacques Durieux, a noted volcanologist, is the founder and director of the Society for the Study of Active Volcanoes.

Jean-Louis Cheminée is director of Research at the National Center for Scientific Research in France and director of the Volcanological Observatory at the Institute of Global Physics in Paris.

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Volcanoes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed "Volcanoes." The photography is excellent and the text is very good and informative. I was surprised by seeing relatively little or no coverage of some especially noteworthy volcanoes like Mt. Shasta, Mt. Ranier and Mt. Hood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is really more of a coffee table book than a text or learning media. For someone with little knowledge of volcanoes, it may spark a deeper interest. Some of the photos are blurry and out of focus, which I can understand. Very good general knowledge.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book to my daughter for Christmas. She is completing her PhD in volcano research. The photos are terrific and the information was very detailed and interesting. We had a great time looking at the different places she has worked at. It is a treat for both someone in the field and her parent.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is nice,affordable publication from well-known French volcanologists. I saw this at Borders & when I saw the price I could not believe it. The photos are stunning. This book gets more into the history, mythology, & lore of volcanoes. It's not so much a text book. The layout is excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We saw these photographs displayed in Paris just after 9/11/01. They left a permanent image in my mind of the overwhelming beauty and greatness of the earth and the irreplaceable connection of human culture to that earth.