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By Haraldur Sigurdsson, Bruce Houghton, Steve McNutt, Hazel Rymer, John Stix

Volcanoes are certainly probably the most fantastic and awe-inspiring beneficial properties of the actual international. Our paradoxical fascination with them stems from their majestic good looks and robust, if occasionally lethal, destructiveness. though the great advances in volcanology due to the fact precedent days, a number of the secret surrounding volcanic eruptions continues to be this day. The Encyclopedia of Volcanoes summarizes our current wisdom of volcanoes. via its thematic association round the melting of the earth, it offers a accomplished resource of knowledge at the multidisciplinary impacts of volcanic eruptions--both the damaging in addition to the invaluable points. nearly all of the chapters specialise in the geoscience-related elements of volcanism (radioactive warmth resource, melting rock, ascent of magma, floor phenomena linked to exiting magma, extraterrestrial volcanism, etc.). additionally, complementary chapters speak about the multidisciplinary points of volcanism; those contain the historical past of volcanology, geothermal strength assets, interplay with the oceans and surroundings, healthiness facets of volcanism, mitigation of volcanic mess ups, post-eruption ecology, and the effect of eruptions on organismal biodiversity. as well as its entice educators, scholars, and beginner scientists, the Encyclopedia of Volcanoes services as a big info source for directors and officers liable for constructing and enforcing volcanic chance mitigation world wide. * the 1st and simply reference paintings to hide all facets of volcanology * greater than eighty separate peer-reviewed articles--all unique contributions via prime authors from significant associations of technology worldwide, commissioned for this paintings * An built-in transition from the volcanic method via risks, threat, and societal affects, with an emphasis on how volcanoes have stimulated and formed society * handy single-volume layout with subject matters prepared thematically--articles offer assurance of 9 varied points of volcanology * each one access within the Encyclopedia starts off with an overview of the thing content material and a concise definition of the topic of the thing * 3,000 word list entries clarify keywords * extra analyzing lists look on the finish of every access * large cross-referencing method hyperlinks similar articles * 16 pages of colour will exhibit the technological know-how and pleasure of this usually violent phenomena * huge eight 1/2'' x 11'' web page dimension, easy-to-read double-column structure

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Its volcanism is most likely not the result of internal thermal energy, as on Earth, but rather due to the tidal energy transferred from the gravitational pull of the giant parent planet Jupiter, causing the interior of Io to heat up. We will no doubt have many similar volcanic surprises awaiting us when we explore other strange worlds in the future. VII. Volcanic Processes A bewildering variety of volcanic processes occur at the surface during an eruption, and the list of the volcanic rock types and types of volcanic deposits is seemingly I NTRODUCTION 8 endless.

D. and preserved virtually intact to our day, so have earlier volcanic deposits sealed in the remains and fragile artifacts of our more distant ancestors, preserving them for millions of years. 7-million-year-old Australopithecus hominid footprints crisscrossing a volcanic ash deposit at Laetoli in the East African Rift is a graphic testament of the power of preservation by volcanic ash fall. 75 million years old. 5 million years. Volcanic stone is the earliest known material used in the creation of tools by genus Homo.

What about the 10,000 or 100,000 or every million years eruption? The Toba eruption on Sumatra, about 75,000 years ago, is probably at the upper limit of eruptions that can occur on the Earth, emitting 2000 km3 of magma. That there is an upper limit on the magnitude of eruptions is itself an interesting concept, but most likely any larger magma chamber cannot be contained in the Earth’s crust and will spontaneously erupt. Because the Toba event occurred in the far distant past, our information of its environmental impact is still blurred, but a cataclysmic event of this type would have a catastrophic impact on global society today, as discussed in Chapter 67.

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