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"Lopes' hefty, inspiring volume, part coffee-table book and part field guide, brings enthusiastic description together with precise scientific detail for nonscientists who want to see volcanoes for themselves."
San Francisco Chronicle

"I'd recommend The Volcano Adventure Guide as a must-read for anyone contemplating this particular adventure sport."
New Scientist, Douglas Palmer

"This is the book for anyone wondering what it's like to stand at the edge of a bubbling crater. Written by an acclaimed volcano expert, this guide reveals the best ways to visit, explore, and photograph 42 active volcano sites all over the world."
Endless Vacation

"More intrepid travellers might find The Volcano Adventure Guide more exciting. Rosaly Lopes' book gives advice on planning a visit to an active volcano, and has detailed guides to 42 of the world's most spectacular examples. With chapters on the types of eruption as well as safety and survival rules, this is another book that should interest those staying at home as well as amateur and professional volcanologists alike."
Nature

"Volcanologists and naturalist explorers in general have received a tremendous gift with the creation of this one-of-a-kind guide to world-class volcanoes. Spectacular color photos, geologic and geographic maps, and schematic interpretive illustrations provide excellent support for a beautifully written text. Among several recent fine books on world volcanoes, this one is unique and unparalleled. Essential."
CHOICE

"With chapters on the types of eruption as well as safety and survival rules, this is another book that should interest those staying at home as well as amateur and professional volcanologists alike."
Nature

"...Lopes has given us a book that is equal parts geology, history and travel advice - the travelogue confined to volcanoes that are the least dangerous."
Cincinatti Enquirer

"Aimed at nonspecialist readers who wish to explore various volcanos without being foolhardy, it will fascinate amateur enthusiasts and professional volcanologists alike."
Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin

"If you have anything more than a passing interest in learning more about these marvelously explosive natural phenomena, get this book for your library. If you are thinking of planning a volcano trip, RUN and get this book!"
Mineral News, Tony Nikischer

"The Volcano Adventure Guide is filled with practical hints..."- RALPH

Book Description

The Volcano Adventure Guide contains vital information for anyone wishing to visit, explore, and photograph active volcanoes safely and enjoyably. It presents guides to visiting 42 different volcanoes around the world, including tour itineraries, maps, transportation details, and references to a wealth of further volcano resources. Aimed at non-specialist readers wishing to explore volcanoes without being foolhardy, it will fascinate amateur enthusiasts and professional volcanologists alike. The stunning colour photographs will delight armchair travellers as well as inspire the adventurous to get out and explore volcanoes for themselves.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306437996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521554534
  • ASIN: 0521554535
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,528,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Rosaly M. C. Lopes is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is an expert on volcanoes on Earth and the planets and has worked on the NASA missions Galileo and Cassini. She has visited more than 50 active volcanoes all over the world and written more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. She enjoys bringing the excitement of her research to the general public via lectures, TV shows and books. Rosaly has written five books, three for the general public (Volcanoes: A Beginner's Guide, The Volcano Adventure Guide, Alien Volcanoes), one at undergraduate level (Volcanic Worlds) and one at the science research level (Io After Galileo).

Rosaly has obtained numerous awards for her work both in science and outreach. In 2005, she was awarded the Carl Sagan medal by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, in recognition of her success in communicating science to the general public. Her other awards include the Latinas in Science medal from the Comision Feminil Mexicana Nacional in 1991, the 1997 Woman of the Year in Science and Technology Award from the Miami-based GEMS television, and the Medal of Excellence from Women at Work in 2006. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected 2006), the Royal Geographical Society, and the Explorers Club. She is a member of the International Astronomical Union, the American Geophysical Society, and the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior.

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This book is great for anyone interested in volcanoes..
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Beautifully illustrated, with excellent maps, it tells all about what you can see and what it all means.
Jill Malter
In particular, I enjoyed reading Rosaly's language, which is easy to read, accurate and up-to-date.
Tom Pfeiffer

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Boris Behncke on February 1, 2006
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THE VOLCANO ADVENTURE GUIDE by Rosaly Lopes is a precious addition to the more common volcano guides aimed at a more academic audience. Volcanoes represent one of the main attractions on Earth mostly non-expert visitors. From personal experience (on Etna and Stromboli, two active volcanoes in Italy) I know that many volcano visitors do not have much knowledge about the place they are visiting - even when their principal reason for coming IS the volcano. Nearly all deaths and injuries on Etna and Stromboli that can be attributed to eruptions and other causes such as bad weather, lightning, and mountain accidents in general, are due to a lack of knowledge of the site and its various hazards. People carefully reading THE VOLCANO ADVENTURE GUIDE will have a better knowledge of such hazards and at receive crucial logistical information about volcanoes worth to be visited.

Concerning the contents of the book, there is little that I can add to previous reviews (the one written by my colleague Tom Pfeiffer is particularly enlightening). What I would like to point out here is my overall appreciation of THE VOLCANO ADVENTURE GUIDE - it is useful, and it is a pleasant, entertaining read - and a few issues that I found problematic.

There are a few minor errors and inconsistencies in the book, such as in the section about Mauna Loa volcano, Hawaii. The text and maps correctly state that the most recent eruption of this volcano to date occurred in 1984. The previous eruption, however, is once given as 1974, and then as 1975 (the latter is correct).

Sharing the fate of all printed guides to active volcanoes, a few portions of this book have already been rendered obsolete by the course of events.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tom Pfeiffer on February 25, 2005
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Volcanologist and geophysicist Dr. Rosaly Lopez's new book is a must for everyone interested in volcanos.

The beautifully layouted and very cheap (compared to its quality) book starts with a virtual journey through the world's variety of volcanoes, then goes on to a general description of volcanism, its fundamental scientific concepts, that are accurately described in an easy-to-understand language. A detailed chapter is dedicated to giving practical information and lots of useful advise of how to best and actually visit a real volcano: essential preparation, equipment, information sources about the state of a volcano, volcano-related and other general hazards are carefully described, as well as how to minimize them.

The second part of the book,- my favourite,- picks a number of volcanoes that are all reasonably accessible, often active, and very well known to the author: From Hawai'i and Mt. St. Helens in the Cascades, the journey goes to Europe with the volcanoes in Italy and Greece, and elsewhere such as in Costa Rica. These volcanoes are presented with a solid scientific background such as their geologic history and geographical information, as well as carefully researched, rarely otherwise found stories that surround them. Then, pratical information is given of how to actually visit them, including tips for accommodation and travel, detailed maps and itineraries.

In particular, I enjoyed reading Rosaly's language, which is easy to read, accurate and up-to-date. At the same time, it is also warm and personal, sometimes spiced with subtle humor.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jill Malter on March 23, 2005
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Are you a tourist? Do you want to see a volcano? An active volcano? Or maybe a geyser? Then this book is for you! Beautifully illustrated, with excellent maps, it tells all about what you can see and what it all means.

Rosaly Lopes, an award-winning volcanologist, describes the different types of volcanic eruptions, and then gives some advice and rules for visiting volcanoes safely. If you are serious about being in a potentially dangerous area, that means helmets, gas masks, gloves, sturdy boots, and eye protection. She also gives some advice on volcano photography.

Next are field guides to visiting specific volcanoes in Hawaii, the continental USA, Italy, Greece, Iceland, Costa Rica, and the West Indies. There's all kinds of material about each of the major volcanoes and geysers there. In addition, there is some practical advice. Don't carry a purse in Naples! Lopes had two of them stolen less than twelve hours apart there. In Iceland, we see a photo of the Viti ("Hell") crater with a thick layer of ice over part of it, proving that Hell can freeze over.

Lopes has personal accounts of her visits to many of these volcanoes. That includes her first visit to Arenal, which could have been dangerous and is used as an example to show the importance of knowing exactly where one is and just how dangerous the volcano is. And there's all sorts of anecdotal material. For example, Mount Kilimanjaro, a very beautiful African volcano was given as a birthday present from Queen Victoria to her grandson, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

This entire book is simply fascinating. I highly recommend it.
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