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Encyclopedia of earthquakes and volcanoes
Ritchie, David, 1952 September 18-
New edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File [2001]

Physical Description:
ix, 306 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm

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QE521 .R58 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
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QE521 .R58 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Although many books on earthquakes and volcanoes have been published, this is the first in an A-to-Z format that offers a full overview of these two spectacular natural phenomena.

Author Notes

David Ritchie is a journalist & the author of eight books, including "The Ring of Fire", "Spacewar", & the original edition of "Encyclopedia of Earthquakes & Volcanoes".

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Update of a title first published in 1994, with 300 additional entries and more than 75 new or updated illustrations.

School Library Journal Review

YA-An excellent resource for students seeking information on the terms, regions, people, and episodes in the fields of seismology and volcanology. Ritchie discusses the most famous and the most unusual volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in an easy-to-read style, and describes the Earth's structure at that point and after each event. Primary-source material on four major disasters appears in an appendix. A chronology of earthquakes and eruptions gives dates, locations, and estimates of deaths or damage. The black-and-white photographs are a bit dark, but the excellent diagrams and maps are extremely clear.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Ritchie and Gates's new edition adds much-needed scientific content to the factual and historical information provided in their first edition (CH, Jul'94). Intended for general readers, it is also a good starting point for undergraduates and teachers. Arranged alphabetically by subject, entries cover scientific terminology, geographic areas and features (including all the 50 US states), and historic events. Cross-references printed in boldface in each entry direct readers to related articles. Entries range in length from a few sentences to several pages. Many articles are illustrated with maps, diagrams, and photographs, although the photographs are somewhat grainy. Appendixes include a chronology (Santorini, 1470 BCE to Sulawesi, 2001 CE), noted eyewitness accounts of four major events (Vesuvius; Concepcion, Chili; Mt. Pelee; and Soufriere, West Indies), Internet resources, bibliography, and index. Ritchie and Gates have written numerous books and articles in geology. Recommended for all libraries. S. D. Johnson Clemson University



Praise for the previous edition: ...highly informative, authentic, and acutely relevant...--Choice Few events in nature are as awe-inspiring and destructive as a powerful earthquake or a massive volcanic eruption. The Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes, New Edition explains the science of seismology and volcanology through facts about the disasters themselves, historical and eyewitness accounts, and how they affect the political landscape. Completely revised and updated, this concise A-to-Z resource covers: Various regions of the world and their seismic and/or volcanic activities Specific major eruptions and earthquakes throughout history Geologic or scientific terms People who have left their mark on these fields of science. The revised edition contains: 300 new entries including active fault, Barranco, earthquake swarm, K-wave, latite, and many more Updated geographic locations and damage estimates for certain areas Enhanced content on geologic processes, featuring clear and up-to-date diagrams New definitions of geologic terms An updated chronology of important earthquakes and eruptions A compelling series of eyewitness descriptions ranging from Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE to Mount Pelee in 1902. Excerpted from Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes by David Ritchie, Alexander E. Gates All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Entries A-Zp. 1
Appendix A. Chronology of Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptionsp. 263
Appendix B. Eyewitness Accounts of Major Eruptions and Quakesp. 268
Appendix C. Internet Resourcesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 284
Indexp. 287