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A spectacular reference book for the entire family,
Violent Earth is an authoritative, stimulating, and
visually arresting exploration of the dramatic forces that
are constantly shaping our planet—often without warning and
with devastating results.
Using powerful photography,
specially commissioned illustrations, and intuitive
infographics, Violent Earth explores plate tectonics,
vulcanology, and seismology in unprecedented detail.
Drawing on the latest scientific research and including
detailed maps, revealing areas of key geological activity,
such as earthquake zones, volcanic sites, and plate
boundaries, Violent Earth also looks at some of the
most famous events associated with these places, from the
historic eruptions of Laki, Iceland, which is credited with
triggering the French Revolution, to the devastating
earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 250,000 people in
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