Violent Earth Hardcover – 3 Oct 2011
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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.
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.
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.