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Volcanoes: Eruptions and Other Volcanic Hazards Timothy Kusky

Volcanoes: Eruptions and Other Volcanic Hazards

Timothy Kusky

Published January 1st 2008
ISBN : 9780816064632
Hardcover
152 pages
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The Hazardous Earth is an eight-volume set that provides students with a comprehensive account of natural hazards-the geologic processes that create conditions dangerous to humans-and what can be done to minimize their effects. Designed to complementMoreThe Hazardous Earth is an eight-volume set that provides students with a comprehensive account of natural hazards-the geologic processes that create conditions dangerous to humans-and what can be done to minimize their effects. Designed to complement science curricula, the books present vivid accounts of historic disasters and events that have shaped history and serve as warnings for future generations.Volcanoes provides a thorough examination of volcanic eruptions, beginning with an introduction to volcanoes, volcanic landforms, and plate tectonics and followed by a detailed description of the various characteristics of magma that result in differences in eruption style. The book also explores the classification of igneous rocks, the extreme hazards associated with volcanism, and efforts to predict volcanic eruptions. Sidebars throughout the book clarify fundamental concepts about plate tectonics and associated geologic hazards and provide compelling firsthand accounts of volcanic eruptions and their impact on the environment.The volume includes information on: global volcanism, historical volcanic disasters, igneous rocks, mass extinctions and catastrophes, massive global volcanism, volcanic winters, and kimberlite eruptions, reducing the threat from volcanic hazards, types of volcanic eruptions and landforms, volcanic disasters of the 20th and 21st centuries, volcanic hazards, volcanoes and plate tectonics.The book contains more than 40 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations, a glossary of terms, a detailed list of print and Internet resources, and an index. The Hazardous Earth set is essential for middle and high school students, teachers, and generalreaders who seek comprehensive information on geologic processes that are hazardous to people and the environment.About the Author:Timothy Kusky, Ph.D., is the Paul C. Reinert Professor of Natural Sciences and director of the Center for Environmental Sciences at Saint Louis University, Missouri