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raging planet: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and the Tectonic Threat to Life on Earth

Buy Now! W.J. McGuire

Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Apple Press (15 May 2002)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1840923598

Book

A gripping analysis of the global tectonic instability that puts living things at risk from some of Nature's most powerful forces. Stunning on-the-spot photographs of volcanoes and earthquakes, together with graphics and charts, highlight the facts, figures and disaster zones. Answers the questions you need to know:

        • Where are the danger zones?
        • How much warning will we have?
        • How likely are we to experience a catastrophic event in our lifetimes?

These and other urgent questions are addressed in this fascinating journey to the centre of the Earth by leading volcanologist Bill McGuire, director of the Benfield Hazard Research Centre in London, and one of the world's foremost authorities on global tectonic hazards.

Reviews

Amazon review: 5 stars

A little gem of a book that caught my eye!

‘Have you ever imagined the intense power of volcanoes, the lethal strength of earthquakes and the destructive force of the earth, all crammed into one book; well this is it! When I first noticed this book, I wasn't really looking for any book in particular, it just caught my eye. I'd never really considered becoming interested in geology and I originally picked it up to see the pictures(they are amazing!) but I soon found myself totally engrossed in reading it! It's so easy to understand, without keeping the information too simple. I'm now training to become a volcanologist, and all because this little gem of a book caught my eye!’

Amazon review: 5 stars

A splendid guide to tectonic hazards

This book is a five-star summation of the numerous tectonic hazards faced by human civilization. It is impressively written and contains numerous, informative color photographs and diagrams. Each discussion is separated and encapsulated into a mini-chapter; a format I find facilitates depth of understanding. Target Earth!, by Duncan Steel, covering impact hazards from asteroids and comets, is similarly well organized.

The book is very up-to-date in terms of the science involved. The discusssion of the mega-tsunami hazard from La Palma volcano in the Canary Islands is especially impressive, and frightening. The entire United States East Coast is threatened by a landslide and giant tsunami from this volcano. All such cities will be destroyed if the worst case scenario takes place.

While the world very likely is not going to end tomorrow, it can be greatly readjusted by powerful tectonic forces leaving great destruction in their wake. Anyone interested in geology or geophysics, or living in a tectonically active area should read this book closely. The same goes for any coastal dweller, with respect to tsunami threats.

I recommend this book very highly.