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Volcanoes: A Planetary Perspective Paperback – May 1 1993

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A marvelous work on volcanology. Nov. 30 2004
By Jerald R Lovell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This reaches the high end of trade works on the subject, and I suggest that some exposure to the sciences, particulary physical geology, is probably appropriate before tackling this book. Having so stated, I believe this is one of the best books I have ever read on volcanoes.

The author is a person of considerable dry wit and humour, and has achieved a masterpiece by making the subject readily understandable through excellent draftsmanship. The photographs closely follow the text, and are unusually helpful.

I was particularly impressed by the fine work on the emerging science of pyroclastic flows; that most dangerous of volcanic phenomena. Notwithstanding the fact that this book is some 7 years old, the text is remarkably current, and a must for anyone interested in pyroclastic flows and their perils.

Although the author indicates otherwise in his preface, I really believe this book would be very useful as a collegiate text on the subject of volcanology. Obiously, I recommend the book very highly to all.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Still the best book on volcanoes Aug. 22 2001
By Ulrich Knittel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Though I read quite a number of books on volcanism, I'd say, this is certainly the best (hard to believe, it is already 7 years old! and still mostly up-to-date). It covers virtually all important topics in a very clear way and should be understandable not only to the specialist but also to the educated layman. It contains certainly the best review of extraterrestrial volcanism I have read so far, though there are books specifically dedicated to that topic. 5 stars galore!
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Excellent review of eruptions and explanation of physical basis of volcanism July 13 2006
By Szewczyk Andrzej - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This the very interestingly writen book, in which physical backgrounds of the volcanic phenomena are explained very accessibly. Particularly interesting are vivid descriptions of several, the most known, explosve eruptions and explanations of the physical bases of pyrocalstic currents. The book contains numerous fascinating photographs, well illustrating the described events. It would be advantageous if they were published in colour.
super book for those Interested in how our planet works and how Volcanos have Influenced history June 10 2014
By Ronald E. Bowers - Published on Amazon.com
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My interest is in Geology., this book covers much Geology as well as Historical influence of Volcanos
Beautifully written in an engaging prose style
excellent text May 6 2013
By K Sean Daniels - Published on Amazon.com
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This book breaks down the mechanics of volcanoes so that anyone with a good understanding of basic geology concepts can understand what is going on. Well written and easy to read.