24 February 2010
Essential reading for volcanologists
Posted by Jessica Ball
One of the things I’ve found out since starting serious research in volcanology is that a lot – and I mean a lot – of the best texts are either out of print, expensive, or both. Fortunately there are enough people in the department that we have a fairly good selection of them – better than the library, anyway – although we’re going to be in big trouble when certain folks graduate. (Either that or we’re going to have to kidnap their collections.)
Anyway, being a bookish type, and having noticed the other book reviews that have come out on the geoblogosphere lately, I thought I would begin working my way through a list of the books that I’ve found most useful over the last year or so. Granted, I haven’t used all of these extensively, but this will give me a good chance to refresh my memory on what I could be using. A lot of these texts combine general and specific subject matters, so it’s a little hard to divide them up by specialty, but I’ll try and go from really general to more specific.
- Volcanism, 2003, Hans-Ulrich Schmincke
- Fundamentals of Physical Volcanology, 2008, Parfitt and Wilson
- Volcanology, 2000, Bardintzeff and McBirney
- The Encyclopedia of Volcanoes, 1999, Houghton et al.
- Volcanoes, 2003, Francis and Oppenheimer.
- Pyroclastic Rocks, 1985, Fisher and Schminke
- Volcanic Successions, 1987, Cas and Wright
- Volcanology and Geothermal Energy,1992, Wohletz and Heiken (the full text of the book is available at this link)
- Altered Volcanic Rocks, Gifkins et al.
- Igneous Petrogenesis, 2007, M. Wilson
- Atlas of Igneous Rocks and their Textures, 1982, MacKenzie et al.
- Volcanoes of the World , 1994, Tom Simkin and Lee Siebert (Global Volcanism Program)
- Monitoring Active Volcanoes, 1995, McGuire et al.
- Remote Sensing of Active Volcanism, 2000, Mouginis-Mark et al. (eds)
- Volcanoes, 1972, Gordon MacDonald
- Ash Flow Tuffs, 1979, Charles Chapin (ed)
- Volcano Deformation, 2006, Daniel Dsurizin (ed)
- Introduction to Volcanic Seismology, 2003, V. Zobin
- Volcanic Ash, 1985, Heiken and Wohletz
- Volcanic Textures, 1993, Doyle and McPhie
- Monitoring and Mitigation of Volcanic Hazards, 1996, Scarpa and Tilling
- Volcano Instability on the Earth and Other Planets, 1996, McGuire
- Fire and Mud, 1996, Newhall and Punongbayan
- The Physics of Explosive Volcanic Eruptions, 1998, Gilbert and Sparks
- From Magma to Tephra, 2001, Freundt and Rosi
- Environmental Effects on Volcanic Eruptions, 2000, Zimbelman and Gregg
- Volcanoes and the Environment, 2008, Marti and Ernst
- Volcanic Degassing, 2003, Oppenheimer et al.
- Kinematics and Dynamics of Lava Flows, 2005, Manga and Ventura
- Mechanisms of Activity and Unrest at Large Calderas, 2006, Troise et al. (eds)
- Caldera Volcanism, 2008, Gottsman and Marti
- Fluid Motions in Volcanic Conduits, 2008, Lane and Gilbert
- Earthquake and Volcano Deformation, 2010, Paul Segall
It's a massive undertaking, but if they're that valuable, you need to start scanning them into PDFs!
I'm not sure why Amazon lists it as 2007, but Marge Wilson's book was published in 1989. It's still a great book because it's so readable, but sadly it's now pretty out of date.
You guys get books? It seems like 99% of the things I need for vital reference are journal articles…
Look for a new edition of "Volcanoes of the World" later this year. Announcements will be made.
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Maybe somebody has Pyroclastic Density Currents and the Sedimentation of Ignimbrites By Michael J. Branney, Peter Kokelaar, B. Peter Kokelaar?