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Every year over 50 volcanoes erupt on the earth. Some have been active for years, and others have not stirred for centuries.
Throughout history mankind has been both fascinated and terrified by volcanic activity. Vesuvius, Krakatoa, and Mount St. Helens are indelibly etched into our consciousness with the immense destructive power they wrought, and the human life they have ended; yet many of us still make our homes on the fertile slopes of these majestic mountains.
This book showcases the greatest eruptions in history along with the newest volcanic islands that erupt each year from the seabed; it also examines the properties of lava along with its lasting effects on the landscape. From evidence of volcanic activity on the moon to craters under the sea, this book encompasses it all, making it the ultimate testament to volcanoes.
About the Author
For the last 22 years, Donna O'Meara has travelled the globe, researching and documenting volcanoes on film and video for, among others, The National Geographic Society. O'Meara's volcano research and award winning writing and photography have been the subject of over a dozen television documentaries produced by organizations including The Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Television, The Learning Channel, Inside Edition. Donna and her husband Stephen founded their research organization Volcano Watch International in 1994 to examine how volcanoes work and to uncover mysteries that might someday save lives. Donna lives in Hawaii's rainforest atop the world's most active volcano Kilauea with Stephen and their little dog, Daisy Duke.
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st December 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 34.2 x 26.2 x 3.8
Weight (kg): 2.51
Edition Number: 1