Pages: 208
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: illustrations


A Beginner's Guide

Rosaly M. C. Lopes

An insightful introduction to one ofthe most unpredictable forces on Earth.
9781851687251 (1 Dec 2010)
RRP £9.99 / US$14.95

The Book

As one of the most fascinating and volatile forces on earth, volcanoes have long been the subject of worship, fear, and study. With the aid of famous 'case histories' Lopes provides a unique background to volcanoes, what they are, why they form, and how they erupt. From the Sunset Crater in Arizona and Krakatau in Indonesia to the exotic volcanoes of the outer solar system this guide illustrates the dangers of volcanoes and their importance in shaping the world around us.

Additional Information

Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 208
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations illustrations


About the Author

Dr. Rosaly Lopes is a Principal Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Lead Scientist for Geophysics and Planetary Geosciences. In 2006 she was honoured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the discoverer of the most active volcanoes anywhere and is author of The Volcano Adventure Guide (2005).


“We begin with a ‘volcanoes for dummies, very elementary introduction to the subject. It is part of a series of ‘beginners guides’ to just about everything. The author, Rosaly Lopes, is able to make the complicated clear without talking down to her readers. Her professional papers are equally clear. Anyone from the age of 12 on up, who is curious about volcanoes from the [under]groud on up, will find here a plain language guide to a fascinating area of science. From the first chapter: “What are Volcanoes”, to the last: “Exotic Volcanoes of the Outer Solar System, followed by a look at current research techniques. It will make a good gift for a curious teen, a general science teacher, or writer of disaster novels/movies – it will definitely be appreciated.”

- Volcanology