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Structure is thematic, with the 82 extensive articles organized into nine sections. After two very informative introductory articles that give an overview of volcanism and the history of volcanology, the first eight sections address the physical processes and materials produced by those processes. Part one is a discussion of magma; parts two through four address various types of volcanoes, eruptions, and materials flows. Volcanism elsewhere in the solar system, an area of growing interest, is the subject of part five. Parts six through eight address the interaction of volcanic events with other physical systems on Earth, such as the atmosphere, oceans, glaciers, and lakes. The final major section treats the economic and cultural aspects of volcanoes, with interesting essays on such topics as art, literature and film, economics, and archeology. The nine sections are followed by two appendixes. One lists units of measurement and conversion factors. The second is a comprehensive catalog of known volcanoes. A very thorough alphabetical index completes this outstanding presentation.
The articles average about 16 pages in length. Each article is a full-length treatment of a concept or set of concepts and begins with an outline of the article and a glossary of terms. At the end of each article is a list of cross-references to other articles within the encyclopedia and a brief bibliography. The entries are liberally illustrated with photographs, maps, diagrams, and graphs. Also included are 12 color plates. The articles can be quite technical but not any more than they need to be in giving serious academic treatment to the topic. Readers who are less familiar with this area of geology will find the glossary in each article to be very useful. However, the book will likely not be accessible to most readers below the college level. For readers who are looking for a simpler overview of many of the topics treated here, Facts On File's Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes [RBB Ap 15 94] is probably a better choice.
This volume is indispensable for anyone who is serious about understanding volcanoes on a sophisticated level. From the highly useful overview of specific topics and processes to the definitions of particular terms, there is no better or more comprehensive work available--nor is there likely to be. Given the high quality of the material, it is unfortunate that the publisher did not choose to offer a higher quality of binding. Even so, this valuable resource is highly recommended for larger public and academic libraries.
I have long been fascinated by volcanoes. They have changed history, caused cooling spells that last for years and might have caused a mass extinction in the distant past. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James
This book needs to be in the library for anyone seriously interested in volcanoes, their inner workings, and amazing outward expression upon the landscapes of the world.Published 14 months ago by John O.
Excellent resource for those seeking info on volcanoes. This very large book is filled with well-written entries by a variety of authors on vulcanology, including info about... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Karen Yates
If you love volcanoes and want a comprehensive list of the volcanoes of the world, this is the "gotta have" piece.Published 19 months ago by K Sean Daniels
A really deep knowledge base for the audience from beginners to PhDs. Everything inside if your start geo sciences related to volcanology.Published 21 months ago by VIGH ZOLTAN
Well done and thorough, by a multitude of the best authors. Such synoptic information would be useful in a variety of other fields, as what is here represents a digest of perhaps... Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by D. R. Martz