Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, mud slides: The earth seems to be in an uproar and as we are jostled from disaster to the next, we realize that topics like plate tectonics and seismology are more than remote scientific subjects; they are the stuff of life itself. Violent Earth illuminates those dusky subjects with the expertise of The Smithsonian and the grapVolcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, mud slides: The earth seems to be in an uproar and as we are jostled from disaster to the next, we realize that topics like plate tectonics and seismology are more than remote scientific subjects; they are the stuff of life itself. Violent Earth illuminates those dusky subjects with the expertise of The Smithsonian and the graphic skills of DK editors. This fully illustrated, 360-page coffee table book takes you deep into processes that are literally reshaping our planet. As relevant as today's headlines....
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Violent Earth Reviews
this book explains and shows terrible disasters that have and can happen on Earth. Certain disasters such as fires, tornados, earthquakes, storms, under water disaster and much much more. This book was very interesting and cool.
This was an interesting informational book. It is mainly about volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and mudslides, the five natural disasters on the cover, but it covers much more than that. It also covers related disasters, such as mud volcanoes. It devotes a chapter to each subject, and explains the subject thoroughly, with informative graphics. It also has a page in each section displaying a map with famous instances of the chapter's subject. The pages have an impressive amount of information, with pictures and explanations occupying the space the main subject doesn't need. However, the pages are not cramped and remain easily readable. Individual pages are given to side phenomena, such as fumaroles or geysers. Lastly, each section also contains several recent examples of the chapter's focus. Also, the entire book is peppered with amazing double-page pictures of natural wonders I hadn't known about before reading it. The book explains the formation of the landforms seen in the pictures excellently. Overall, his book was an especially good purely informational book, and about the best a book can be without telling a narrative.
Our planet's beauty is bounded by danger. Thousands of miles beneath our feet, tectonic plates shift and clash to spawn earthquakes and tsunamis, while Earth's molten core awaits the opportunity to leak magma up to the surface through volcanoes. Meanwhile, in our atmosphere, the highs and lows of pressure systems create hurricanes, tornadoes and other severe weather.Violent Earth is a comprehensive and current reference book, produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution, combining scientific fact, real world examples and breathtaking photography. Its engrossing coverage of the origins and effects of volcanoes, earthquakes, mudslides, tsunamis and severe weather is perfect for the older teen or adult earth scientist, with an up-to-date timeline of notable disasters up to this year's Japanese tsunami. Bundle this gift with a disaster preparedness manual for extra effect!***This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness Readers Edition. Sign up for this free and awesome newsletter at http://www.shelf-awareness.com for the latest news and reviews! This review refers to an ARC provided by Shelf Awareness.***
I saw this book at my library and had to get it out. I've loved disasters and the violence of the planet ever since I was a little kid. I had never really read all the text back in the day day of my younger self with books like this, but was mainly fascinated with the pictures of the tornadoes or the destruction of an earthquake. The fires of a volcano and hot flowing lava were always awesome and the billowing clouds of ash too amazed me as a kid.Still enjoying these things now I still have an interest for them and I do still enjoy the pictures and reading about the disasters. I never really grasped all the knowledge and research that went into the books like this though. Someone who was studying to become a meteorologist or volcanologist or someone who studies scismec waves and earthquakes and all the researchers in the fields of the Earth, would certainly take a larger interest in a book like this.
Ok this I will had to admit is a bit of a cheat on my side - I picked up this book before Christmas and I have been reading it on and off ever since however because like many of the DK books you cannot read it from one end to the other in one go - well I cannot I decided to not list it. However last night I did. I love these coffee table sized tombs of work - they are so amazingly presented with so much information and interesting material you are always drawn in every time you open it. The book really covers off details of the earth and its violent forces - their history their science and their recent impacts on us - if anything its a chilling reminder of how little we control. The book is very up to date with details of the recent events in New Zealand and Japan.
It was interesting how it told me about all the storms and now in know that tsunamis cane up to 100ft and be 500kph. Also the different movement of the tectonic plates for earthquakes. IN my opinion the most interesting disaster is the Mt St Hellens.
Probably one of the most engaging teaching materials on my desk with regards to geomorphology and plate tectonics. Extremely useful.
I've checked this book out for my 6 year old son about 10 times in the past year. He loves the pictures and learning about volcanoes, in particular.
An interesting overview of the nature of Earth and it's motivating forces. Really gorgeous pictures.