Super Volcano: The Ticking Time Bomb Beneath Yellowstone National Park

Super Volcano: The Ticking Time Bomb Beneath Yellowstone National Park

by Greg Breining
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Super Volcano: The Ticking Time Bomb Beneath Yellowstone National Park 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TwinsfanLR More than 1 year ago
I got this book because I thought it would be really cool to learn about Super Volcanoes, turns out only chapter 1 and chapter 9 are really about Super Volcanoes. The rest of the book is a geology lesson or 'Volcanoes in Human History' Breining fills a majority of his book with information straight out of that book, which albeit interesting, is like I said not what i was looking for. You mine as well read the books listed below for what you get out of this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The majority of the book is a historical account of Yellowstone. I was expecting a little more on Yellowstone as a super volcano and the predicted effects of an eruption.
Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
When I watch the movie 2012, starring John Cusack, I am highly entertained, but I am also highly aware that at least the portion of the script dealing with the Yellowstone super volcano is based on scientific fact. I am also aware that the portrayal of the explosion in the movie is nowhere near what it will probably be. This book offers a clear and well researched, yet very understandable and entertaining, view on the Yellowstone super volcano, as well as the history of the world's other super volcanoes. It brought to my attention that while many people tout that we are overdue for another eruption of Yellowstone, there is absolutely no guarantee that this will happen anytime soon. Simply because you cannot predict anything like this, and because there is too little data to accurately speculate on the timing of such an earth-shattering event. I went from one emotional high to another while reading this book. I was terrified - what should I do? Move out East, to be out of the danger zone of the eruption and its after-effects? Then I was complacent. Why should I bother doing that? Would it be better to live within that danger zone, so that I would die due to the immediate eruption, rather than face starvation or disease from the longer term effects of the eruption? I guess in the end, it comes down to an individual's own choice. And if one chooses to live in the fear of an event that probably will happen, but may never happen within the lifetime of that person, what kind of a life is that? If you are at all interested in geologic events, or volcanoes, or Yellowstone, or the history of the planet, or even Doomsday scenarios, I highly recommend this book. I enjoyed it a lot. I actually chose to read this over novels I am currently in the midst of, due to how interesting I found it to be. I was impressed, and I am very glad that this book ended up in my personal library.
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