Volcanoes by Jan Zalasiewicz audiobook

Volcanoes: A Very Short Introduction

By Michael J. Branney  and Jan Zalasiewicz
Read by Mike Cooper

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200299461

  • ISBN: 9798200299454

  • ISBN: 9798200299478

Runtime: 4.46 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Nature
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Volcanoes are some of the most dramatic expressions of the powerful tectonic forces at work in the Earth beneath our feet. But volcanism, a profoundly important feature of Earth, and indeed of other planets and moons too, encompasses much more than just volcanoes themselves. On a planetary scale, volcanism is an indispensable heat release mechanism, which on Earth allows the conditions for life. It releases gases into the atmosphere and produces enormous volumes of rock, and spectacular landscapes—landscapes which, during major eruptions, can be completely reshaped in a matter of hours. Through geological time volcanism has shaped both climate and biological evolution, and volcanoes can affect human life, too, for both good and ill. Yet, even after much study, some of the fundamental aspects of volcanicity remain mysterious.

This Very Short Introduction takes listeners into the inferno of a racing pyroclastic current, and the heart of a moving lava flow, as understood through the latest scientific research. Exploring how volcanologists forensically decipher how volcanoes work, Michael Branney and Jan Zalasiewicz explain what we do (and don't) understand about the fundamental mechanisms of volcanism, and consider how volcanoes interact with other physical processes on the Earth, with life, and with human society.

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Author Bio: Jan Zalasiewicz

Author Bio: Jan Zalasiewicz

Jan Zalasiewicz is a professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester, and before that, worked at the British Geological Survey. A field geologist, paleontologist, and stratigrapher, he teaches various aspects of geology and earth history to undergraduate and postgraduate students and is a researcher into fossil ecosystems and environments across over half a billion years of geological time. He has published several books and over a hundred papers in scientific journals.

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Author Bio: Michael J. Branney

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Nature
Runtime: 4.46
Audience: Adult
Language: English