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Violent Earth

Violent Earth
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IN THE 1960S, the theory of plate tectonics - the idea that the Earth's crust consists of constantly moving plates - transformed the science of geology. Combined with rapid advances in the fields of vulcanology and seismology, this discovery changed our understanding of how our planet was formed and how it works. The most spectacular manifestations of tectonic activity are volcanic eruptions and earthquakes - events that often occur instantaneously and with shocking force and intensity. Restless Earth looks in detail at exactly what happens when a volcano erupts or the Earth moves, and explains how, why, and where they occur. Using powerful photography, specially commissioned artworks, and intuitive infographics, it explores these phenomena in unprecedented detail. Individual sites from Stromboli to Mount St Helens and the mid-Atlantic Ridge to the Hawaiian hotspots are profiled, with clear, illustrated explanations of how they came into being. The book also looks at some of the most famous events associated with these places - from the historic eruptions of Laki, Iceland, which is credited with triggering the French Revolution, to the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed over 250,000 people in 2010. Restless Earth also looks at the awe-inspiring process of mountain-building and how, over the course of millions of years, it resulted in magnificent ranges from the Himalayas to the Andes. It explains how the continents have moved and continue to move towards each other, forcing rock upwards to form gigantic peaks and vast folds and faults in the Earth's surface. The book also explores our restless oceans, and details the submarine rifts, vents, and volcanoes that are active beneath the waves. A spectacular reference book for all the family, Restless Earth is an authoritative, stimulating and visually arresting exploration of the dramatic forces that are constantly shaping our planet - often without warning and with devastating results.
DK Publishing; October 2011
362 pages; ISBN 9780756689469
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