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The Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes Hardcover – 21 Oct 1993


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Facts On File Inc (21 Oct 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816026599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816026593
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 2.3 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,611,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From aa to Yellowstone, if it's got anything at all to do with earthquakes or volcanoes, you're likely to find it within the pages of the updated Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes from science journalist David Ritchie and geology professor Alexander Gates.

The 1,000-plus alphabetical listings range from historical volcanoes and quakes (both famous and obscure) to entries on specific seismic phenomenon (everything from parasitic cones to jökulhlaup) and general geological principles, including a few excellent in-depth discussions on topics like plate tectonics and seismic wave types. The encyclopaedia also includes a lengthy bibliography, a list of Internet resources, a chronological listing of notable quakes and eruptions, and a handful of unforgettable eyewitness accounts (after the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D.79, apparently Pliny the Elder's party went out "having pillows tied upon their heads with napkins; and this was their whole defence against the storm of stones that fell around them").

With its clear, newspaper-style entries, the Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes will be navigable even to geo-newbies, but its a-to-z organisation makes it more useful as a reference than as a stand-alone text. Then again, given its liberal cross-referencing, you can easily find yourself led onto a long, enjoyable read. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"...highly informative, authentic, and acutely relevant..." - CHOICE" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb 1998
Format: Hardcover
In a unique and very handy A-Z format, here in one volume is all the information you are ever likely to need on these most dramatic natural phenomena.
The great earthquakes and famous volcanic eruptions are comprehensively covered, with clear explanations of the geologic concepts and terms, interesting photos and maps, and thumbnail biographies of leading figures in the study of these majestic forces of nature. A particularly interesting feature is the inclusion of each state with an evaluation of its seismic potential. (There are some surprises here). Highly recommended as a very useful single-volume introduction for libraries and interested individuals.

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By Ms G on 29 Aug 2012
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Not so much an encyclopedia as a dictionary, and as such this volume is large and cumbersome. Individual entries do not link to other issues, and the entry on South Dakota starts "SD does not have an outstanding history of strong earthquakes......", so why mention it? In fact most US states get a mention, from what I can see, regardless of their value. Are the authors possibly American? My copy has headed to the recycle bank in favour of a proper handy dictionary.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
Hi, I really like this book. It's bben helpfully to me for my carrer. Thanks, Michelle Trzecisnki
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A work in progress 10 Mar 2002
By E. A. Lovitt - Published on Amazon.com
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This encyclopedia begins with an entry for `aa' (a particular type of lava flow) and ends with a page-worth of data on Yellowstone National Park. In between, all geophysical phenomena associated with earthquakes and volcanoes are covered alphabetically, including anecdotes on many individual eruptions or shakings, e.g. the Kobe earthquake in Japan.

I enjoyed reading the "Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes" but thought it must be a work in progress (I have the new edition) as there were many typos and one astronomical quibble:

* "Io is the hottest place in the solar system outside the sun (p. 105)"---actually I believe that honor belongs to Venus. Io's average surface temperature is 130 K whereas the surface of Venus averages 740 K (hotter even than Mercury).

Another interesting oddity concerning earthquakes, is that the authors tend to favor the Mercalli Scale, which is based on ordinary human observations, rather than the Moment magnitude.

Not all of the black-and-white photographs are dated, and the cover photograph of a volcanic eruption is not identified (although a friend of mine from Oregon swears it is Mt. St. Helens). Ideally, a newer edition of this book will label all of the photographs, and perhaps include a few in color.

All quibbling aside, this is an interesting book that fills a useful niche. It will definitely remain in my reference library.

"Appendix B" which includes "Eyewitness Accounts of Major Eruptions and Quakes" is absolutely fascinating, and it alone is worth the price of the book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent introduction. 16 Feb 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In a unique and very handy A-Z format, here in one volume is all the information you are ever likely to need on these most dramatic natural phenomena.
The great earthquakes and famous volcanic eruptions are comprehensively covered, with clear explanations of the geologic concepts and terms, interesting photos and maps, and thumbnail biographies of leading figures in the study of these majestic forces of nature. A particularly interesting feature is the inclusion of each state with an evaluation of its seismic potential. (There are some surprises here). Highly recommended as a very useful single-volume introduction for libraries and interested individuals.

(The "score" rating is an ineradicable feature of the page. This reviewer does not "score" books.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book for earthquakes! 15 May 2011
By Electric Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I was 12, My classroom needed a project of a volcano. And I went to the library in my school and found this book. I read it, And I was very sucessful in my science class!!! Buy this!! You'll learn about earthquakes/volcanoes. I highly recommend this for earth science classrooms.
HANDY GEOLOGY REFERENCE 29 Aug 2009
By Severin Olson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a handy book to have as a geology resource and would be most useful to any student of our earth's seismic activity. Articles include material on historical eruptions and earthquakes, rock formations and areas of research and exploration. Unlike other works of this kind, the authors address each state of the US, describing the seismic activity recorded there. It turns out several are more geologically active than we imagine!

I give it three stars because I feel a much more thorough book could have been produced here. The authors could have gone into a lot more detail on many of the entries, especially the historical ones. As it is they simply lay out the facts in a dry, dull fashion. A few more months of work and research could have produced a five star work.
encyclopedia 15 July 2013
By Nicole Soeder - Published on Amazon.com
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Cheap and Great! This is a great tool for a teacher, teaching 8th grade science for the first time. I use it to help with with the background knowledge.
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