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Bourseiller, Philippe.
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New York : Harry N. Abrams, [2002]

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413 pages : color illustrations ; 38 cm
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Includes index.
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QE522 .D875 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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In this volume, photographer Philippe Boursellier documents the awesome power and devastating aftermath of volcanoes around the world. Colour double-page spreads, including satellite photographs, depict the dramatic outbursts.

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Library Journal Review

At first glance, this would appear to be just another oversize book of pretty pictures. But while the color photographs are impressive, the text is equally important; Durieux is a volcanologist who has been consulted by the United Nations to evaluate sites for damage and safety, particularly in Africa. Each chapter includes five to ten pages of introductory text on a focused topic, from legends to personal exploratory experiences to scientific description of how volcanoes form. Following are a page of thumbnail photos with descriptions and 30 to 40 pages of incredibly detailed images of volcanoes from all over the world, taken by Bourseiller, a five-time winner of the World Press Prize. The drawbacks are that the text has neither footnotes nor references for further reading and the photographs have no page numbers so that flipping pages is required to connect a photograph to its description. Still, this is very attractive and informative book on volcanoes. Recommended for larger public libraries or home.-Jean E. Crampon, Science & Engineering Lib., Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Produced by volcanologist Durieux and professional photographer Bourseiller, this book contains breathtaking images of various modes of volcanic eruptions and documents the history and volcanology of some of the most important volcanoes around the world (i.e., Pinatubo, Reunion, and Vesuvius). More than 170 color photographs vividly show how volcanism transforms the landscape, affects human lives, and has entered the legends of different civilizations over thousands of years. The intimate relations between volcanoes and cultures are explored in the first three chapters, capturing the myths and beliefs associated with volcanic eruptions, ceremonies and rituals of peoples and nations living close to active volcanoes, and the birth of volcanology. Contemporary methods for predicting and assessing volcanic risks and reducing and mitigating the hazards of living near live volcanoes are depicted effectively in the remaining chapters. The last section is devoted to the science of volcanoes, giving a brief geological background on magma sources and tectonic locations of various types of volcanoes. A superbly illustrated, informative, popular science book that will be enjoyed by anyone interested in Earth's workings and the dynamics of volcanoes. Despite its large size and bulky mass, the double-paged, sharp photographs make up for any handling problems. Recommended. All levels. Y. Dilek Miami University