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Volcano: A Visual Guide Paperback – January 18, 2008

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There are 1,500 active volcanoes around the world, and Donna O'Meara is iun love all of them. She calls volcanoes "a smorgasbord for the sense" because they hiss with steam, gurgle with lava and blow up. In ["Volcanoes"], O'Meara gives readers a 280-photograph glimpse of their beautiful, but frightening, displays of power. (Honolulu 2008-05-07)

Volcano: A Visual Guide is a breathtaking look at these awe-inspiring geological phenomena that keep reminding us that the earth is vibrant and ever-changing. Highly recommended. (Janie Franz 2008-05-14)

O'Meara lives in Volcano [Village, Hawaii]. When we finally caught up with her on the phone, she'd had three hours sleep in the last four days, so mesmerized was she by events at the summit.... Ironically, O'Meara's stunning new volume Volcano: A Visual Guide, ....contains every type of volcano, every type of eruption, every type of lava, on every continent, under the sea and in outer space. (John Heckathorn 2008-03-20)

Stunning color photos bring you closer than you'd ever want to stand to some of the world's most spectacular active volcanoes... Even though Volcano is also full of's the nearly 300 pictures that make you really feel the heat. (Neil Pond 2008-05-13)

In this book of stunning photographs, O'Meara...captures the destructive and renewing power of volcanoes.... [and] reveals how these dynamic features shape the landscape and excite our imaginations. (Science News 2008-04-12)

About the Author

Donna O'Meara has researched and documented volcanic eruptions for more than 20 years, reporting and recording her observations for the National Geographic Society and other associations. Her work has been the subject of documentaries produced by the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Television and the Learning Channel. She is co-founder of Volcano Watch International and lives atop the world's most active volcano, Kilauea, in Hawaii.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (January 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554073537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554073535
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Samuel F. Palmer on May 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
First, what this book is not: It is not a textbook. I.e. there are not many written pages.
What this book IS: a fabulous document of some of the most dramatic volcanoes around the globe. Every continent is included. Incredible photos. In fact, every page has two or three beautiful colour photos, with sidebars detailing the important salient qualities.

An outstanding and exciting contribution to my personal volcano library. A must!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert on May 25, 2010
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I actually borrowed this book from the library because my son is so interested in volcanoes right now. At 3 years old he likes the pictures and short explanations more than anything else. This was such a great book that after returning it to the library I went a bought a copy of it to keep.

The book is broken down into a number of sections featuring lava lakes and flows, land formations caused by volcanoes, volcanoes on different planets, etc. I've been learning a lot about volcanoes lately because of my son's interest and this book had some interesting images in it that I had never seen or heard of before.

The book consists of wonderful pictures that are just stunning! Each picture has a short blurb associated with it that talks about where the land formation/volcano is located and gives a little history and information about it.

This is the perfect book for people of all ages. It has beautiful photographs that can be enjoyed by everyone, with some truly unique volcanic formations being shown. The little blurbs with each picture are written at an adult reading level but are short enough to hold a child's interest as well.

This is definitely more of a coffee table book than a reference book on Volcanoes. It doesn't talk as much about the "why volcanoes happen" as show you the where/when of current volcanic formations/activity. That being said there is a lot of good information on the different types of volcanic structures located throughout the world (and on other planets). It is a beautiful book, very high quality, I can't stress the beauty of the pictures enough.

This book has been an awesome addition to our home library and I highly recommend it to everyone...I don't care who you are this is one beautiful, captivating, and interesting book on volcanoes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keri Van Zeyst on January 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is full of great photos to look through. It photographs so many different areas too, including extraterrestrial volcanoes, hot springs and related areas from volcanoes, underwater volcanoes, etc. It's just great.
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