Raging Planet: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and the Tectonic Threat to Life on Earth

Raging Planet: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and the Tectonic Threat to Life on Earth

by Bill Mc Guire (Author)


We talk about 'solid ground', but in fact the earth beneath our feet is far from quiet. Over three thousand active volcanoes are scattered across the earth's surface. Some are in a state of semipermanent eruption, while others lie ominously silent for centuries or millennia. Our planet is rattled and shaken by half a million earthquakes every year. Many are so tiny that they are only detectable with scientific instruments, but others are vicious enough to flatten entire cities, with catastrophic results. Raging Planet is a gripping analysis of the global tectonic instability which puts every one of us at risk from some of Nature's most powerful forces.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 144
Publisher: Apple Press
Published: 15 May 2002

ISBN 10: 1840923598
ISBN 13: 9781840923599

Author Bio
Bill McGuire completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in 1976 and a PhD in Volcanology in 1980. Since then he has worked on active volcanoes around the world. In 1996 he was a Senior Scientist at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory at the time of the first big eruption. Since July 1997, Bill has held the posts of Benfield Greig Professor of Geohazards and Director of the Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre at University College, London. He is also a Council Member of the Geological Society and Secretary of the UK National Committee of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. He is the author of over 100 papers and books on the subject and a member of the Association of British Science Writers. Bill is a frequent contributor to radio and television, and his latest series, Disasters in Waiting was broadcast on Radio 4 during April and May 2000.