Raging Planet : Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and the Tectonic Threat to Life on Earth
Volcanoes, earthquakes, and giant killer tidal waves called tsunamis . . . We think of these events as disasters, but for Earth they are merely business as usual. This dramatically illustrated book describes some of the more than 3,000 active volcanoes scattered around the planet, and chronicles many of history's most devastating volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tidal waves. The author explains that volcanoes and earthquakes both result from movement of the Earth's vast tectonic plates, and are most likely to occur at or near places where two or more plates come together. Such movement has been going on since the Earth's origins, creating mountain ranges and dividing the landmass into separate continents. Described in these pages are volcanic blasts from the past: Vesuvius, Italy in 79 A.D. ... Laki, Iceland in 1783 ... Tambora, Indonesia in 1815 ... Krakatoa, Indonesia in 1883 ... Mount St. Helens, Washington State in 1980 ... Pinatubo, the Philippines in 1991, and others. Also chronicled are earthquakes that have struck large population centers, producing disasters in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1755, San Francisco in 1906, Tokyo-Yokohama, Japan, in 1923, and Kobe, Japan, in 1995. The Earth's major trouble spots and likely targets for future earthquakes are described. Urban areas in greatest danger continue to be those along the Pacific Rim, which encompasses North America's West Coast and most of Japan's cities. Here is an intensely readable summary of natural disasters that have struck the earth, along with informed speculation on how and when similar events will recur in the future. More than 200 color illustrations.
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Fire Mountains of the West: The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes
Here are the Cascade volcanoes from one end of the range to the other. Harris carefully portrays each of the big Cascade volcanoes, reviews its history, and appraises its prospects for future eruption.
From the back cover: "The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens provided a deadly reminder of the tremendous forces that continue to shape North America's western landscape. Fire Mountains of the West tells the geologic stories of each of the Cascade and Mono Lake volcanoes... Engaging and nontechnical, this generously illustrated guide includes information on how to explore each volcanic peak--from Mammoth Mountain in California to Garibaldi in British Columbia--and describes the specific hazards we face while living in the Pacific's 'Ring of Fire.'"
Earth : A Very Short Introduction
Around 30 years ago, two things happened that were to revolutionize the understanding of our home planet. First, geologists realized that the continents themselves were drifting across the surface of the globe and that oceans were being created and destroyed. Secondly, pictures of the entire planet were returned from space. Suddenly, the Earth began to be viewed as a single entity; a dynamic, interacting whole, controlled by complex processes we scarcely understood.
This introduction is an all-encompassing look at the Earth: how it was formed and how it works. It explores the emerging geological research and explains how new advances in the understanding of plate tectonics, seismology, and satellite imagery have enabled us to begin to see the Earth for what it is, a dynamic and ever changing planet. It introduces the concepts of plate tectonics, continental drift, the earth's structure, and sea-floor spreading.
160 pages; 23 b/w illus.; 4-1/2 x 7; 0-19-280307-7
Our review: "When I came across this little book for the first time in Bookshop Santa Cruz I almost paid full retail for it! I did go straight to the shop and order a bunch of copies. I'm not disappointed. Earth : A Very Short Introduction has become an instant favorite and one of my must have recommendations. Here's a little pocket size book that you can carry with you just about anywhere. It has great coverage of the principles of geology and is presented in a narrative style. This is a fun read, not a dry geological text."
Death Valley SUV Trails
This is a four-wheelers guide to 46 interesting backroad excursions into greater Death Valley Region. While not all of these were routes require the use of four-wheel drive they all require greater road clearance than most conventional automobiles have. These trails will take the backcountry explorer well off but the beaten path. Each outing includes a description of the flora, geology and history to be seen along the way. A road rating system based on the degree of difficulty is also included.
Roger Mitchell is no stranger to the land he writes about. As a child and teenager, living in Trona at the edge of Death Valley, his interest in the desert plants, animals, and geology was whetted by the environment around him. Roger's outdoor photography and writings have appeared in numerous periodicals.
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