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Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes

By David Ritchie, Alexander E. Gates

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Format: Paperback, 368 pages, 3rd Revised Edition
Other Information: 130 black-&-white photographs & 60 line illustrations, maps & diagrams, index, bibliography, cross-references, chronology further reading, web sites, charts & tables
Published In: United States, 15 May 2007
"Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Third Edition" brings the excitement of an ever-changing field of science to the fore-front. With the increase in natural disasters in recent years, the burgeoning world population is clearly expanding faster than our disaster reduction technology. This new edition provides a single source on historical earthquakes and volcanic eruptions from throughout the world. Updated with the most current information, this illustrated resource includes not only new geologic events, but also as many examples of historical earthquakes as possible for contrast or comparison. Coverage in the Middle East has been significantly expanded to include recent natural disasters, as well as events such as landslides and avalanches. Also, many tables were added to supplement the content and put the recent disasters into historical context.


Gr 9 Up-More than a simple discussion of the phenomena of the title, this compact but detailed work describes, clearly and accurately, many of the forces that create the Earth's surface features. This edition has approximately 1500 entries, including 200 new ones that provide expanded historical and geographic coverage, events up to 2006, and more on tsunamis. It opens with a necessarily complex, but excellent, essay on the science of plate tectonics, the foundation of modern geology. Next are alphabetical, cross-referenced entries of place names (with information on activity in all U.S. states, as well as expected entries on places like Vesuvius); scientific terms; notable events, such as "Banda Aceh: earthquake and tsunamis" (unfortunately not listed under "tsunami" in either the main encyclopedia or the index); and other short essays ("aviation and volcanoes"). The work benefits from details that are often omitted as too obvious; for example, it explains why the land under the oceans is lower that the rest (it is lighter and more susceptible to gravity). Entries are enhanced by numerous clear, black-and-white maps, diagrams, photographs, and tables. Appendixes include a chronology of earthquakes and volcanoes, with approximate death tolls; eyewitness accounts of major disasters, even describing Vesuvius in A.D. 79; and tables comparing the strengths of various eruptions and quakes. There are no other similar works. Textbooks covering the same information are too dense for this audience; other relevant works are too juvenile.-Henrietta Thornton-Verma, School Library Journal Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780816071203
ISBN: 0816071209
Publisher: Checkmark Books
Dimensions: 27.79 x 21.49 x 2.29 centimeters (1.00 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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