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Violent Earth Hardcover – 3 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: DK; 01 edition (3 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405373601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405373609
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 2.8 x 30.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No one does popular science encyclopedias better then DK and this is another addition to their great collection. Anyone who likes earth science will love this book! It includes stunning, vivid, high quality ilustrations made more impressive by the size of the book itself. It covers all aspects of our dynamic planet with up to date information, including the Christchurch earthquake and Japan's tsunami earlier this year! A must-buy!
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Volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes etc. They are all covered here. An excellent, fairly current, collection of text and photographs explaining all about the violent nature of the planet we live on. Perhaps part of the attraction is living in a place where all most all of these things never happen, so reading about them is a kind of vicarious thrill. I would like to see an exploding volcano though - but only from a distance.
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This is a great reference book for volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and extreme weather. Set out in the usual DK easy to read style with plenty of photos as well as a useful glossary. Ideal for general reference and for help with study in this area.
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Without volcanoes we would not exist. They are awesome and terrifying and this book conveys their power and magnificence. It also educates those of us who know little about them, not enough to be an expert but enough to understand more about their continuing activity around the world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dde1984) out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated, clearly written, amazing photographs. 5 Oct. 2011
By Melodie Frances - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As an armchair geologist I am always looking for books that are understandable to a non-scientist but that also explain difficult geological concepts in depth. This book does both extremely well. Full color photographs and illustrations show how earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and other large scale natural disasters are caused and how they play out in human lives and planet earth at large. Most natural disasters play out on a scale that is very difficult for us to understand, but the drawings and explanations in this book make these concepts understandable in a way that I have never experienced before. As with all DK books the photographs and drawings are of an exceptional quality. This book, however, goes into much more detail than the average DK book. Published in 2011 it even includes information on the quake and tsunami in Japan. While this book is written in a somewhat chronological way (it starts with the creation of planet Earth and moves forward), it also functions much like a reference book and can be red in any order.I highly highly recommend this book for anyone who finds volcanoes, earthquakes and other natural disasters fascinating and wants to understand them in a holistic way.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c4c9ca8) out of 5 stars A powerful and visual reminder of the dynamic and terrifying forces that have defined and shaped our planet. 9 Oct. 2011
By curtis spratte-lennington - Published on
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DK publishing, you are simply amazing!!!!

I love this book very very much. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the dynamic and destructive forces of our planet. I was mostly amazed by the photography in this book. From Volcanoes to Earthquakes, to Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Extreme Weather and Tsunamis, this book provides a holistic look of the geologic and dynamic processes behind these natural phenomenon's. I bless DK for all of their research and their professionalism as well as their commitment to tell the story of our planet's forces in a way that has never been done before or since in their years as a book company that strives for education and learning. DK, continue with your work and I praise you all for the best work that you have done.

Thank you.

Curtis Spratte-Lennington.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8de6fc60) out of 5 stars Fabulously illustrated geology text 28 Jan. 2012
By ThirstyBrooks - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Violent Earth presents remarkably illustrated and carefully explained coverage of geological disasters. All audiences will find this coverage accessible, because it's not overly technical. Even a jaded reader will find the superbly apt and richly detailed illustrations worth the time to examine at length.

This topic gratifies our sense of curiosity, and the individual discussions are short and self contained. The result is one of the best coffee table books on any subject.
Violent Earth gives a peaceful review of the most impressive mountains, and adds new light by showing that the best of the Himalayas are in the 27,000-28,000 foot range, the Andes includes many peaks in the 22,000 foot range, while the Rockies impress us with only 14,000 feet. The outstanding chapter on volcanoes covers 1/3 of the book, and explains a half dozen different types of volcanic explosions, both with understandable schematic drawings and with spectacular photographs.

The chapters on earthquakes and extreme weather give good discussion and include appropriate coverage of the tsunamis and weird weather events that have kicked off the 21st century.

If you see a copy of this book anywhere and you have the spare time, reach out and open it up and learn about the dangerous ways of our world.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c8d9e40) out of 5 stars First- class production 24 Jan. 2012
By koink - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a superbly produced book, brilliantly designed, very well printed on good quality coated paper, full of spectacular double-page spreads and peppered with many stunning photographs. At one page-turn after another you find yourself gushing, "What a display! What a cleverly integrated spread!What a picture!

But it's not all display. If you read from beginning to end you find the text is as integrated as the page displays. The authors are writing primarily for a non-expert readership and so they develop the geological and related concepts from the basics to the complex, smoothly integrating the definitions of technical terms and just as smoothly repeating them at intervals so as to cater for both the start-to-finish reader and the reference reader seeking information on a particular subject. There's rarely a dull moment, as they break up their text with boxes, panels, tables, lists and many wonderful diagrams. The artists and illustrators deserve a medal for their efforts.

I finished the book with a greatly improved knowledge of volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, mountains, the oceans and extreme weather. Learning has rarely been so pleasant.
HASH(0x8c6a3e70) out of 5 stars AMAZING!!! 23 Feb. 2012
By Cali - Published on
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I bought this book for my 4 year old daughter who is in love with volcanoes. I have to say what a purchase. The pictures are amazing, it comes with lots of information about not only volcanoes but other exciting earth events. This book is captivating for my 4 year old as well as for myself. I find the information interesting and engaging. Great book!
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