Volcanoes of Europe
- 23 Feb 2017
- Dunedin Academic Press
- 256 pages - 260 x 200 x 15mm
The eruption of Santorini, some 3600 years ago in the Aegean, probably inspired the Greek fables of Atlantis; the eruptions of Etna on Sicily are the origin of the forges of Cyclops and other myths; and the regular eruptions from Stromboli earned its Roman name, ‘the Lighthouse of the Mediterranean’. Eruptions in Iceland over the past few centuries have shaped more recent European history and highlight the dramatic effects that distant large eruptions can have on our modern way of living.
This thoroughly revised and updated edition reflects modern research and is now illustrated in colour throughout. It presents the volcanoes of Europe, as they are today and tells how they have shaped our past. The volcanic systems of the Mediterranean basin, the Atlantic, and of mainland Europe are introduced and described in clear prose with a minimum of technical jargon. Some of Europe’s ancient volcanic systems is also described as these have been fundamental in shaping the science of volcanology. The origins, history and development of Europe’s volcanoes is presented against a background of their environmental aspects and contemporary activity. Special attention is given to the impact of volcanoes on the people who live on or around them. The book is written for student, amateur and professional earth scientists alike. To help guide the reader, a glossary of volcanic terms is included together with a vocabulary of volcanic terms used in European languages.
‘This is thoroughly revised from the first edition and is in full colour throughout. The book is aimed at a wide audience that includes students, amateur and professional geologists… The book is superbly designed with great photographs, maps and diagrams, all in full colour. They are accompanied by text which is easy to read as well as being extremely engaging. Case studies and side stories are given background colour blocks and are a great aid in reading the book in small bite-size chunks. For the first time volcanology can be consumed as bedtime reading! With more than 270 large format pages this book offers excellent value for money’
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