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Volcanoes of Northern Arizona: Sleeping Giants of the Grand Canyon Region (Grand Canyon Association) Paperback – February 1, 1998


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  • Series: Grand Canyon Association
  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Canyon Association (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938216589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938216582
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Collier is a science writer, photographer, and physician who lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. Among his other books is A Land in Motion: California's San Andreas Fault.

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Through a series of unexpected events, my life moved from small-town rural Minnesota, to a fancy New England Prep school, to Carleton College, and then Stanford where I got a PhD in geology. Ever since, I've been chasing volcanoes ... first for the U. S. Geological Survey and now as an Adjunct Professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Being a research scientist and writing technical papers for more than three decades was heady, but at around age sixty I realized that I wanted to communicate with a broader variety of readers than the PhD-toting group. So I started writing popular books and magazine/newspaper essays, some related to volcanoes and some not. All my books are listed at Amazon. You can get the flavor of my other writings by visiting http://oak.ucc.nau.edu/wad3

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ivo Lucchitta, geologist on November 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Volcanoes are among the most interesting, awesome, and dangerous of geological phenomena. The also form many of the highest mountains we know-Olympus Mons on Mars, Mauna Kea, Popocatepetl, Kilimanjaro and many others on Earth. In spite of this, the average person has only an imprecise idea of what volcanos are and how they work. Duffield's fine book comes to the rescue.
The book addresses specifically volcanoes to be found in northern Arizona, so includes many pages of road logs intended for the resident or visitor to the area, pleasant excursions whose purpose is to illustrate a wealth of volcanic features. The rest of the book, however, is invaluable to anyone interested in learning more about volcanoes anywhere. Even though Duffield is a professional volcanologist of considerable repute, he uses clear language pleasantly free of technical jargon and aimed at the non-specialist. The many illustrations are lucid and well done, and the wonderful photographs by Michael Collier are a splendid asset.
The person interested in learning about volcanoes won't go wrong with this fine book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book covers it all. Accessible text describes in a concise, but not condescending manner, the history of volcanoes in the northern Arizona and Flagstaff area. Excellent, even striking photography. Fine maps and drawings accent the text. This book is suitable reading material for professionals, college students and tourists alike. And an indispensable reference when traveling and sightseeing around Flagstaff, Arizona.
Most people don't realize that Flagstaff is situated near these barely dormant volcanoes which last erupted less than 800 years ago! Highly recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Tillman VINE VOICE on July 29, 2001
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This book is a wonderful introduction to the San Francisco volcanic field, which created the high country around Flagstaff and the San Francisco Peaks, the highest mountains in Arizona. Duffield writes in a clear, direct style that's a pleasure to read. The book grew out of a long series of talks and lectures he's given around the Flagstaff - Grand Canyon area -- he quotes a fifth-grader who wrote a thank-you note for "being interesting and not boring," which is a nice capsule review of _Volcanoes_.

Although he's writing for a general audience, geologists who aren't intimately familiar with Northen Arizona will learn of some neat new discoveries -- such as the remarkable similarity between the Mt. St. Helens blowout and the Peaks' long-puzzling Inner Basin (p. 25). And that recent lava-dams on the Colorado River (near present-day Lava Falls) made lakes in Grand Canyon nearly half a mile deep!

And anyone with working eyes will be pleased with Michael Collier's splendid aerial photos -- if you're new to Collier, you will want to seek out his beautiful, large-format _Arizona : A View from Above_, which might be the best book of artistic air photos yet published (and which, sadly, is out of print).

Peter D. Tillman
Consulting Geologist, Tucson & Santa Fe (USA)
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By Daniel S. Farkas on August 2, 2010
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We live just southwest of Sunset crater and Flagstaff. We live even closer (2 miles) from an extinct, or least we hope it is, volcano called Glassford Hill. So, we were very interested in reading the history behind the volcanoes in our area.
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