on 16 February 1998
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.)
on 29 August 2012
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.