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“Science writer and author Breining (Return of the Eagle) gives readers a solid introduction to modern volcanology in this look at ‘super volcanoes’ in general … and the Yellowstone caldera … Breining has done a public service by bringing these hazards to light with straight-forward writing and a well-organized text, clearly explaining complicated, violent geological processes without ignoring the awe-inspiring beauty of volcanic landscapes … Bolstered by clearly laid-out maps, Breining’s talent for elucidating complex phenomena makes this one of the best books on volcanoes a general reader can hope for.”
Choice, March 2008
Super Volcano captures the essence, the excitement, and the deep and far-reaching influence of the world's greatest heat anomaly. Breining writes for the layperson with enthusiasm and informality, bringing the subjects to life...A rare read! Highly recommended".
BOOK NEWS Inc, December 2007
“Using field research and interviews with geologists and a paleontologist, Breining, an environmental and travel writer, reveals the truth about the Yellowstone super volcano.”
Bookwormsez syndicated column, December 2007“This book is fascinating and scary all at once and your recipients will gush over it.”
Fascination with Yellowstone grows and grows as we learn more about the history, the present situation, and the inevitable developments in near and distant future time. Super Volcano captures the essence, the excitement, and the deep and far-reaching influence of the world's greatest heat anomaly. Sections of this concise and easily readable book include 1) descriptions of volcanic activity, thermal springs, strange ecosystems, and earthquakes; 2) geological uniqueness and comparisons with other volcanic areas; 3) little-known and far-distant effects of Yellowstone eruptions of great relevance to humanity; 4) other super volcanoes in recent geologic time (Yellowstone is the fourth-largest known); and 5) prospects and circumstances of the next big blast from Yellowstone. Breining writes for the layperson with enthusiasm and informality, bringing the subjects to life with copious quotes from naturalists, field leaders, and volcanologists. Yellowstone and other super volcanoes are considered in terms of plate tectonics, evolution of scientific insights into the natural world, and--extremely important and underappreciated--impacts on the history and survival capabilities of humanity. A rare read! Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels. -- T. L.T. Grose, Colorado School of Mines
Besides covering the next possible eruption of Yellowstone and its possible consequences the book also describes other eruptions of the past and their effects on humanity, some of... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Bob G.
great story. Should be read by everyone and especially for those living in the West.
Yelowstone N.P. is a national treasure that no one should miss seeing.
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... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karlie Laumer
This book gave a lot of information about Yellowstone and reminded me of programs I had watched on the History channel about the volcanic eruptions there.Published 5 months ago by carol spark
Some information was new for me, some I've already heard. I will recommend it for all fans of volcanoes. Really worth to read.Published 8 months ago by Martin Marusic
This gives you a really good understanding of volcanos and the potential disaster that is possible in Yellowstone. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ahbhoust
Great book. Couldn't put it down.
Good explanation of the volcanic presence and history of Yellowstone.
Fascinating science and history.
Knowing a little more about our volcanic history -- and possible future -- could make your head spin. A quick read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Larry
A comprehensive, gripping and well written overview of the geologic past and future of our beautiful national park. Good science written for the layman.Published 13 months ago by Ann M. Sowards