Item description for Volcanoes in America's National Parks (Odyssey Guides) by Robert W. Decker & Barbara Decker...
Overview Describes the volcanic processes along with information on national parks in the United States that possess active, prehistoric, or dead volcanoes.
Publishers Description Erupting volcanoes like Kilauea in Hawaii, and sleeping volcanoes like Mount Rainier in Washington State are the core features of 31 of the National Parks and Monuments in the United States. In addition, ancient fires that once fed a chain of volcanoes along the crest of the Sierra Nevada in California, now completely eroded away, melted the great granite masses that eventually hardened and eroded into the land that is now Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. This book tells where and how volcanoes are created, and describes the beautiful and awesome examples found in National Parks and Monuments. It also provides travel information on reaching and enjoying these magnificent places, and is beautifully illustrated in Odyssey's distinctive style. This guide provides an original formula for understanding the world beneath our feet. * Non-technical but accurate introduction to how volcanoes work * Description of Parks and Monuments with live and dormant volcanoes, including those in Alaska and Hawaii * Guide to visiting these volcanic Parks and Monuments * Written by a volcanologist and a science writer * Beautifully illustrated with stunning photographs of volcanoes in various moods * 100 color photographs and illustrations, 30 maps and plans
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2001
ISBN 9622176771 ISBN13 9789622176775
Reviews - What do customers think about Volcanoes in America's National Parks (Odyssey Guides)?
Volcanoes in America's National Parks Mar 3, 2004
While I really enjoyed this book, the chapters were only several pages long and consisted of little more than brief, impersonal histories of the various parks and their volcanoes. Included are numerous photos. So this is essentially a coffee-table book in tradepaperback format.
The following parks are featured in this book:
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Lassen Volcanic National Park Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve Katmai National Park and Preserve Lake Clark National Park and Preserve Wrangell--St. Elias National Park and Preserve Haleakala National Park Mount Rainier National Park Crater Lake National Park Newberry National Volcanic Monument Lava Beds National Monument Devils Postpile National Monument Death Valley National Park Mojave National Preserve Craters of the Moon National Monument Yellowstone National Park Capulin Volcano National Monument El Malpais National Monument Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
There are also chapters dealing with general aspects and features of volcanic activity.
Overall, a good book.
Take An Excellent National Park Adventure With The Deckers Feb 11, 2002
When it comes to volcanoes, Robert and Barbara Decker know their stuff. If someone wants one reference on volcanoes, I recommend Volcanoes by the Deckers. Volcanoes In America's National Parks is an excellent addition to the literature of volcanoes AND the literature of America's parks. The book covers all the National Parks, Monuments, and Preserves in the United States that have current, recent, or extinct volcanoes and volcanic activity. Part One of the book is a section that covers the basics of volcanoes. Then the book takes each Park, Monument, and Preserve one by one. Part Two takes on the parks with volcanoes that have current or recent volcanic activity, such as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park [Kilauea is most likely erupting as I type this review] and Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument [the memorable eruption in 1980]. Part Three covers the parks with more ancient volcanic activity, such as Yellowstone National Park [a place teetering on the edge of erupting some day and moving into Part Two] and the Mojave National Preserve [a park I fought hard to get and one of my favorite places to explore - especially the cinder cones near Cima and the eroded volcanic tuffs of Hole-In-The-Wall]. Each park gets a generous description and an excellent map. I've been to about half of the parks described and I'm familiar with many of the rest, and the Deckers do an entertaining and accurate job with those parks. Part Four covers parks with less direct connections to volcanoes, such as Yosemite National Park [ancient magma chamber] and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument [ancient critters killed, buried, and preserved by volcanic ash]. Part Four is one of the nicer features of the book, since the parks mentioned often have too tenuous a connection to volcanoes for many authors to include them in this kind of write up. As an earth science educator, I appreciate the inclusion of Part Four, because it makes Volcanoes In America's National Parks a most complete volcanic education. The book is a 5 star plus and the only way I could see the Deckers improving it would be to bring out a second edition that gives the parks mentioned in Part Four the same one by one treatment as the other parks mentioned. I recommend this book to anybody with an interest in volcanoes and especially for folks with a desire to get out in the field and learn their volcanology first hand.