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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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.

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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)

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