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Volcanoes By Peter Francis


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Sets out to explain volcanic processes using accounts of major eruptions. The aim is to place volcanism in a planetary perspective, examining the role of submarine volcanism, the impact of large eruptions on global climate, and volcanic phenomena found on worlds beyond the Earth.
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Volcanoes: A Planetary Perspective by Peter Francis

Several of the greatest disasters in history were caused by volcanic eruptions, and some have influenced the course of human civilization. Inevitably, the sheer physical power of volcanic eruptions makes them of compelling interest. Apart from their immediate effects, large eruptions also have world-wide atmospheric effects, with implications for the global climate that are becoming of increasing current concern. In this book, Dr Francis gives an account - much of it from first-hand experience in many parts of the world - of the familiar violent aspects of volcanoes and the various forms that eruptions can take. He also goes beyond the spectacular visible displays to explore why volcanoes occur where they do, and how examples of major historical eruptions can be interpreted in terms of physical processes. Throughout he attempts to place volcanism in a planetary perspective, exploring the preeminent role of submarine volcanism on Earth and the stunning range of volcanic phenomena revealed by spacecraft exploration of the Solar System. This book is intended for students of geology, geography, and environmental science (first-year and above); those teaching these subjects; amateur geologists.

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Table of Contents

1: The basics: isotopes and green cheese. 2: Keeping planets cool: volcanoes, hot-spots, and plate tectonics. 3: Basically basalt. 4: Four classic eruptions. 5: Magma - hot stuff. 6: Types of volcanic activity. 7: Lava flows. 8: Bubbles and bangs: the mechanisms of pyroclastic eruptions. 9: Pyroclastic fall deposits. 10: Pyroclastic flows: ignimbrites. 11: Pyroclastic flows: nuees ardentes. 12: Debris flows: magic carpets and muck. 14: Caldera complexes and complex calderas. 15: Submarine volcanism. 16: Volcanoes as landscape forms. 17: The golden glow of volcanic winter. 18: Extraterrestrial volcanism. Index

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Volcanoes: A Planetary Perspective by Peter Francis
Peter Francis
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Oxford University Press
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