The Little Book of Earthquakes and Volcanoes by Rolf Schick

The Little Book of Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Written by Rolf Schick
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Part of the Little Book Series Series


The Little Book of Earthquakes and Volcanoes by Rolf Schick

In this lay reader's introduction to the most spectacular and devastating of all geological events, Rolf Schick describes how earthquakes and volcanoes are related, and how they are an integral part of Earth's structure. Tracing the latest findings and theories in plate tectonics, he helps readers ask and answer the basic questions: What was it during the formation of Earth that led to these phenomena? Why do they occur in certain areas and not in others? How can we, within reason, protect ourselves from their devastation? And how far have we come, and how far can we go, in predicting when they will strike? For the reader who wants a concise and accessible guide to what makes the ground shake and explode, this is the perfect introduction.


From the reviews:

This small format book ... conveys a great deal of information about what makes the ground shake and explode. This is ... straightforward, accessibly written text. (SciTech Book News, September, 2002)

The little book of earthquakes and volcanoes is a tautly written piece of popular science that provides a simulating introduction to the disciplines of seismology and volcanology. ... While the breadth of subject matter is necessarily comprehensive, the author presents selected themes relevant to each field, some in more depth than others. ... Rolf Schick ... adopts a scientific, yet accessible, approach to explaining some of the fundamental theories regarding why the Earth shakes and why volcanoes explode. (Rob Wright, The Holocene, Vol. 13 (5), 2003)

It is full of the scientific background necessary for the interested reader to acquaint themselves with the prevailing theory behind the formation of both earthquakes and volcanoes. ... There is enough mathematics to reinforce the major points, and enough examples and anecdotes to liven the topic. ... It is an overview for the interested layperson, but could also serve as a very useful book for the teacher of Earth Sciences, for Schick's succinct style is able to convey a great deal of information ... . (David Dixon, Lab News, February/March, 2002)

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164 pages


Rolf Schick
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Springer-Verlag New York Inc.

Publication date

31st May 2002



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