VOLCANIC BOOKS ( In English or French) and travels (below)



The 3rd edition of the Smithsonian's Volcanoes of the World will be available for distribution in February 2011. This widely utilized scientific resource, by Lee Siebert, Tom Simkin, and Paul Kimberly, presents updated information on ten thousand years of volcanic activity on Earth. In the decade and a half since the previous edition was published new studies have refined assessments of the ages of many volcanoes, and several thousand new eruptions have been documented. This edition updates the book's key components: a directory of nearly 1550 volcanoes active during the Holocene with more than 50 regional maps; a chronology of more than 10,400 eruptions over the past ten thousand years; a gazetteer of volcano names, synonyms, and subsidiary features; an extensive list of more than 4800 references; and a 45-page introduction placing these data in context. This book has utility for scientists and public officials with responsibility for natural hazards, researchers in many disciplines interested in a record of Earth's recent volcanism, and all others interested in our planet's volcanism. In
addition to major expansion of the regional directory of volcanoes, chronologies of Holocene eruptions, and gazetteer of volcanic features highlighted in the 2nd edition, the 3rd edition includes for the first time:
--Most common rock types for Holocene volcanoes
--Order of magnitude summary of population living with 5, 10, 30, and 100 km
of Holocene volcanoes
--Chronological lists of large-volume explosive and effusive eruptions
--Preliminary list of Pleistocene volcanoes
--Preliminary list of large-volume Pleistocene explosive and effusive
--8 color plates illustrating volcano morphology and eruptive processes
--160 black-and-white images interspersed throughout the book

Discounted orders can be placed on the University of California Press (UCP) website ( http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520268777), For a 20% discount use This source code: 11M1964 (please enter this code in the special instructions box. discount only available on books shipped to north america, south america, australia, and new Zealand.).


Plate vs Plumes : a geological controversy

A new book has recently been released, systematically documenting the controversy over whether mantle plumes exist:
Plates vs Plumes: A Geological Controversy : http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405161485.html

This book is suitable for advanced undergraduates, teaching faculty who need an accessible handbook on the subject.
It is also suitable for researchers and scientists who want a clear summary of the issues, covering all the sub-disciplines in Earth Science relevant to the debate. Subjects covered include:
- vertical motions of the Earth's surface
- magmatic volumes
- time-progressive tracks
- seismology
- heat and temperature
- geochemistry


Volcanology of Saba and St. Eustatius

September 2004 - Title: Volcanology of Saba and St. Eustatius, Northern Lesser Antilles - Authors: M.J. Roobol and A.L. Smith Publishers: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences ISBN 90-6984-384-6 - 320 pages, including many illustrations, photos and tables. Separate case contains 5 plates including new colored geological maps of Saba and St. Eustatius, as well as separate plates showing detailed stratigraphic sections for each island. Cost Euro 65 - Book includes sections on the Northern Lesser Antilles, pyroclastic deposits of the Lesser Antilles, geology, petrology and petrogenesis of Saba, geology, petrology and petrogenesis of St. Eustatius, an integrated model of magma genesis for both islands, hazard assessment and monitoring of both islands, plus an extensive reference list. Information on the publication can be obtained at http://www.knaw.nl/edita/antilles



Monography “The Geology, Geochemistry and Evolution of Nisyros Volcano (Greece). Implications for the Volcanic Hazards”, volume 44 of the Mémoires de Géologie (Lausanne), edited by Johannes C. Hunziker and Luigi Marini.

The Nisyros monography presents the results of multidisciplinary geological investigations which were carried out in a several-year-long period by François Bussy, Jens Fiebig, Pierre Gex, Jean Hernandez, Johannes C. Hunziker, Luigi Marini, Claudia Principe, Loÿc Vanderkluysen, Marino Vetuschi Zuccolini and Alain C. M. Volentik. The major result of volcanological investigations is a new geological map in the 1:12,500 scale, which represents the pivotal subject of this monography. In contrast to previous maps, this new geological map is based on the use of Unconformity Bounded Stratigraphic Units (UBSU). This approach greatly improves the understanding of the geological history of the island and highlights changes in the eruptive styles as well as the localisation of the volcanic centres through time. These topics are exhaustively discussed in chapters 2 and 3. Further results of the volcanological investigations concerning tectonic and volcano-tectonic and petrology and rock geochemistry are presented in chapters 4 and 5, respectively, whereas the reconstructed eruptive history of Nisyros is dealt with in chapter 6. All together chapters 2 to 6 constitute the first part of the monography, which is devoted to the geological history of Nisyros volcano. The second part of the monography has an applied component, namely the mitigation of the volcanic hazard. It presents the results of a geophysical surveys (chapter 7) and of several geochemical studies (chapters 8, 9, and 10). Finally, the implications for mitigating the volcanic hazard at Nisyros drawn from all the geological, geophysical, and geochemical data presented and reviewed in this monography are discussed in Chapter 11.

Copies of the Nisyros monography can be ordered from the Institut de Géologie et Paléontologie, Université de Lausanne, BFSH-2, CH-1015, Switzerland. Details are given at the website http://www-sst.unil.ch/publications/memoire.htm


FROM MAGMA TO TEPHRA Modelling Physical Processes of Explosive Volcanic Eruptions Edited by A. Freundt, GEOMAR, Forschungszentrum für Marine Geowissenschaften, Kiel, Germany. M. Rosi, Università di Pisa, Dipart. di Scienze della Terra, Pisa, Italy.

Included in series Developments in Volcanology, 4 Hot MAGMA rising through the Earth's crust releases gases that expand and may come into contact with external water that vaporizes. The magma is then fragmented into an accelerating gas- particle/droplet mixture that is shot into the atmosphere, possibly in an overpressured state, where it may buoyantly rise up into the stratosphere as an ash plume, partially or totally collapse back to the surface, or rapidly expand sideways, or undergo a combination of these processes. TEPHRA is then deposited on the Earth's surface by pyroclastic fall, flow or surge, or some hybrid mechanism. The combination of processes that operate from the degassing of magma to the emplacement of tephra makes an explosive volcanic eruption, and the physical characterization of these processes is the scope of this book. In this book we summarize the insights into key aspects of explosive volcanic eruptions gained from physical modelling to date. The seven chapters are arranged in an order reflecting the sequence from processes acting within the volcanic conduit through dynamics of eruption and transport through the atmosphere to mechanisms of emplacement on the Earth's surface. For more information, reviews and a contents list, please visit: http://www.elsevier.com/locate/isbn/0-444-82959-8

February 2003 - Chasing Lava From: Wendell Duffield Mountain Press Publishing Company (Missoula, Montana) and the Volcano Hazards Program of the U. S. Geological Survey announce the recent publication of "Chasing Lava: A Geologist's Adventures at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory", by Wendell A. Duffield. The book includes a brief history of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) and several vignettes of Duffield's professional and personal experiences during the three years (1969-1972) that he was on the HVO staff. Writing style is aimed at a broad audience. The book is 172 pages long and is richly illustrated with photos and sketches, most in color. It is available at most bookstores ... brick-and-mortar as well as electronic ... and can also be ordered directly from Mountain Press at 1-800-234-5308.  
October 2000 -Volcanoes' by David A. Rothery (266pp) by Hodder & Stoughton as part of their 'Teach Yourself' series. UK price is GPB 8.99 ISBN 0-340-79047-4 (US publisher McGraw-Hill, $12.95, ISBN 0-07-138446-4) It is intended as an introductory text on volcanoes and does not assume a lot of prior geological knowledge. Chapters are: 'Introduction', 'What causes volcanoes?', 'Eruptions', 'Types of volcano', 'Volcanic hazards', 'Volcanoes & climate', 'Monitoring volcanoes', 'Living with volcanoes', 'Visiting volcanoes', and 'Extraterrestrial volcanoes'.  

Volcanoes in Human History: The Far-Reaching Effects of Major Eruptions Jelle Zeilinga de Boer and Donald Theodore Sanders With a foreword by Robert D. Ballard When the volcano Tambora erupted in Indonesia in 1815, as many as 100,000 people perished as a result of the blast and an ensuing famine caused by the destruction of rice fields on Sumbawa and neighboring islands. Gases and dust particles ejected into the atmosphere changed weather patterns around the world, resulting in the infamous "year without a summer" in North America, food riots in Europe, and a widespread cholera epidemic. And the gloomy weather inspired Mary Shelley to write the gothic novel Frankenstein. To read more, click here: http://www.pupress.princeton.edu/titles/7128.html Cloth $29.95 / £19.95 ISBN: 0-691-05081-3 320 pp. 3 tables, 1 color illus., 18 halftones, 21 maps (2002)

2006 publications

Statistics in Volcanology Edited by H. M. Mader, S. G. Coles, C. B. Connor and L. J. Connor . Statistics in Volcanology is a comprehensive guide to modern statistical methods applied in volcanology written by today's leading authorities. The volume aims to show how the statistical analysis of complex volcanological data sets, including time series, and numerical models of volcanic processes can improve our ability to forecast volcanic eruptions. Specific topics include the use of expert elicitation and Bayesian methods in eruption forecasting, statistical models of temporal and spatial patterns of volcanic activity, analysis of time series in volcano seismology, probabilistic hazard assessment, and assessment of numerical models using robust statistical methods. Also provided are comprehensive overviews of volcanic phenomena, and a full glossary of both volcanological and statistical terms. Statistics in Volcanology is essential reading for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and research scientists interested in this multidisciplinary field. M. Mader List price £85.00; GSL members price £51.00; IAVCEI members price £42.50 - To order this and other Geological Society titles, visit online bookshop www.geolsoc.org.uk/bookshop

Mechanisms of Activity and Unrest at Large Calderas. Edited by Claudia Troise, Giuseppe De Natale & Christopher Kilburn. From the back cover: Large caldera collapses represent catastrophic natural events, second only to large meteoritic impacts. In addition, some calderas are densely populated, making the risk extreme, even for moderate eruptions. Understanding caldera mechanisms, unrest and the danger of eruption is therefore a crucial challenge for Earth sciences. Several key features of caldera behaviour have yet to be fully understood. Through a combination of case studies and theoretical modelling, the following topics are addressed: the conditions required to produce and to release large volumes of magma erupted during caldera formation; how magmatic feeding systems evolve before and after a caldera has formed; the processes that limit the behaviour of precursors to eruptions; how pre-eruptive precursors can be distinguished from those that drive unrest without an eruption; and given that post-collapse eruptions may occur across a wide area, the optimum procedures for designing hazard maps and mitigation strategies. To order, please visit the Geological Society's online bookshop

ISLAND BORN OF FIRE: Volcano Piton de la Fournaise From: R. B. Trombley, Ph.D. Certainly one of the most spectacular events in nature is an erupting volcano. It is spectacular. Volcanoes can be beautiful, informative, and both beneficial and dangerous. They serve as windows through which we can dimly perceive the interior of the earth. Volcanism occurs in many different styles, principally near tectonic plate boundaries and also, as is the case with Piton de la Fournaise, in the middle of an ocean. Piton de la Fournaise is one of the most active volcanoes in the world today. There is something to be said about the beauty of volcanoes and Piton de la Fournaise is no exception. Piton de la Fournaise contributes to the well being of its tropical island home, Réunion Island. The atmosphere and the oceans originated in volcanic episodes of the distant past and Piton de la Fournaise was born of fire and from the Indian Ocean. Soils derived from the volcanic materials of Piton de la Fournaise are exceptionally fertile on the island. Emissions of volcanic rock, gas, and steam are also important sources of industrial materials and chemicals, such as pumice, boric acid, ammonia, and carbon dioxide. All these elements serve and help support the island. The resulting ISLAND BORN OF FIRE: Volcano Piton de la Fournaise, ISBN 0-595- 41775-2, published on 14 November 2006 by iUniverse, Inc., retails for $13.95. It is available from Universe.com, Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon.com and directly from SWVRC.


VOLCANO DEFORMATION BOOK - The Springer-Praxis book "Volcano Deformation: New Geodetic Monitoring Techniques" by D. Dzurisin and others is available in hardcover from the publisher or from various on-line book distributors at a discount from the original price. According to Springer-Praxis: "This book describes the techniques used by volcanologists to successfully predict several recent volcanic eruptions by combining information from various scientific disciplines, including geodetic techniques. This book includes chapters devoted entirely to recent developments in the use of state-of-the-art and emerging techniques, including Global Positioning System and Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry ."


Publication by Blackwell of our book "Fundamentals of Physical Volcanology". Details can be seen at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/book.asp?ref=9780632054435&site=1
The book provides a basic introduction to the physical processes involved in causing and controlling volcanic activity and its consequences.


Vesuvio a scuola: Strumenti cognitivi e metodologie educative Author: Flavio Dobran, Ph.D., P.E., Pres. GVES, Napoli, Italy 231 pages, 36 color pages, 32 bw illustrations, hard bound, 150 references, publ.January 2008
Internet: www.westnet.com/~dobran

Contents: Prologo, Quale educazione?, Idee educative, Modalita' di comprensione, Metodi educativi, Vesuvio nelle scuole, Educazione degli adulti, Eruzioni del Vesuvio, Poscritto, Bibliografia, Indice.

"Vesuvio a scuola" is a new book on Vesuvius risk education produced for the Italian readers and educators in particular. It provides the educational methods and examples from Vesuvius area schools on how to educate elementary, middle, and secondary level students about the volcano and its surroundings. The book also addresses the education of adults and the failures of risk managers and their advisors in confronting the Vesuvius problem seriously and from an interdisciplinary perspective. The book includes 15 years of author's experiences working with the educators, students and people living around Vesuvius and as such it compliments the earlier Italian and English publications of the author (Educazione al Rischio Vesuvio (1998), VESUVIUS: Education, Security and Prosperity (2006). These books are available from www.amazon.com www.elsevier.com, and other book distributors.


DES LIVRES ( En français ...)



Aventure au coeur des volcans - Patrick Barois - Romain Pages Editions - 160 pages - Format 26.5 x 31 cm - relié sous Jaquette - Livre tout en couleur - ISBN 2 - 84350 - 028 - 1- (1999)

Un voyage volcanique sur 30 volcans dans le monde, écrit dans un style clair et précis. L'auteur, un passionné de volcans, nous fait partager l' aventure qu'il a vécue en ces lieux. Ce beau livre est largement illustré par de nombreuses photographies en couleurs - Il est destiné à un large public -

Romain Pages Editions : http://www.romain-pages.com



L'Etna et le monde des volcans - J.C. Tanguy, Guiseppe Patanè - Diderot Multimedia , Arts et Sciences - 228 pages- relié - Format 27 x 22 cm - 120 illustrations en quadrichrome - ISBN 2 - 841346-033-3 - (1996)

Un magnifique livre sur le volcan italien, écrit par deux des plus grands spécialistes du moment. Des légendes aux recherches récentes effectuées sur le volcan en passant par les études générales sur le volcanisme, cet ouvrage, illustré de nombreuses photographies couleurs, intéressera tous ceux qui souhaitent en savoir plus sur L'Etna

Disponible chez : Diderot Multimédia, 1 rue rameau, 75002 Paris - France - Tél : - Fax :


United Nations Booklet - Published by ISDR secretariat

Volcano Daily - New booklet published by UN - ISDR. On behalf of the United Nations Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disasters Reduction, ISDR published Volcano Daily. Technical text of this publication is by Henry Gaudru (European Volcanological Society) member of the IAVCEI (International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior) and adviser on volcanic risks for ISDR. Volcano Daily is intented to make young people around the world aware of the dangers that volcanoes represent and, in particular, all the measures that can be undertaken to prevent and protect against volcanic disaster. This subject is a part of our information campaign on disaster reduction for sustainable mountain development, to accompany the celebration by the United Nations of the International Year of Mountains 2002.

FREE COPY ( french, english, spanish) available at : United Nations, ISDR Secretariat, Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland Fax : +41-22-917-0563 Email : isdr@un.org - or directly online : Click volcano daily on Google search. Spanish folleto online: quien es usted senor volcan ? http://www. disaster-info.net/PED-Sudamerica






VOLCANOES OF COSTA RICA - Volcans du Costa Rica

Next Fieldtrip (on group request only)*

(under the aegis of the SVE)

There are over 100 volcanoes in Costa Rica; 10 of them show some type of activity such as solfataras and fumaroles; Best known are : Arenal, Poas, Irazu, Turrialba and Rincon de la Vieja. They form part of the ring of fire, a belt of active volcanoes all around the Pacific. Costa Rica's volcanoes are formed by subduction of the eastward moving Pacific Cocos plate beneath the westward moving Caribbean plate. The magma that fuels most Central American volcanoes is thick, viscous and so filled with gases that eruptions are often violently explosive.

Expecting program : Poas volcano with its beautiful crater lake, Irazu and its five crater and green crater lake, Arenal, the youngest stratovolcano in Costa Rica and one of most active with a permanent explosive activity, Turrialba volcano and its active fumaroles. Also, for the pleasure, tropical forest with many animals and flowers, and coral reef and Atlantic beaches.

Guided by Henry Gaudru, president of the SVE - Tour accompagné par Henry Gaudru, président de la SVE - Trip for any people and/or students - accommodations in Hotels - hébergements en hotels - Private minibus tour - Déplacement en minibus - easy walk -

Logistical organizations : Escursia (France)

Departure from Geneva (Switzerland) - Paris (France) - Amsterdam (Nederlands) (possibility for arrangements via others airports) - Vols de Genève et/ou Paris - San José (Costa Rica) via Amsterdam

Price : Approximately 2500 Euros From Switzerland or Paris* ( more or less depending number of people) - prix environ 2500 Euros (half board) * or without included flight from anywhere.

Programme - Informations - Inscriptions: Escursia * (France) * with the partnership of the National History Museum of Paris



Next fieldtrip - end November to early December 2015


Nicaragua is often referred to as 'the country of Lakes and Volcanoes' Not only do many lakes and lagoons exist throughout the country, an impressive line of volcanoes also runs from north to south. The Nicaraguan is a part of the Central American Volcanic Front (CAVF). Formed by the subduction of the Cocos Plate beneath the Caribbean Plate, along the Mesoamerican trench, the CAVF runs from Tacaná volcano in Guatemala to Irazú in Costa Rica. In western Nicaragua, the CAVF bisects the Nicaraguan Depression from Cosiguina volcano in the northwest to Maderas volcano in Lago Nicaragua. The Interior highlands to the northeast make up the majority of Nicaragua. Western Nicaragua consists of 4 principal geological provinces paralleling the Mesoamerican trench: 1) Pre-Cretaceous to Cretaceous ophiolitic suite; 2) Tertiary basins; 3) Tertiary volcanics; and the 4) Active Quaternary volcanic range. There is a great variety among these volcanoes; some have fumaroles within crater or lava whereas other volcanoes were blown away in violent eruptions thousands of years ago, leaving behind nothing more than a tranquil crater lake.

Departure : Geneva or Paris ( possibility other places)

Summary Programme : Maderas volcano, Conception volcano , Mombacho volcano, Apoyo caldera, Masaya volcano, Cerro Negro, Telica ( Not too difficult climbing with the new program) - Possible options : flight above the North volcanoes - Ce voyage à caractère volcanologique s'adresse à tous ceux qui s'intéressent aux volcans sous un angle scientifique - Pas d'ascension très difficile - seulement une longue marche d'approche pour le Telica ( 3 heures) + environ 1 heure d'ascension sur une coulée de lave ancienne. Programme details


Guided by Henry Gaudru, president of the SVE - Tour accompagné par Henry Gaudru, président de la SVE - Trip for any people and/or students - Main language french - Summary in English

Acommodation : Hôtels during the tour - max. 15 people

Price/prix : environ 2500 EUROS

Preliminary informations and further details : contact - SVE or email to Escursia

Programme - Informations - Inscriptions: Escursia * (France) * with the partnership of the National History Museum of Paris

* Under the aegis of the Embassy of Nicaragua in France -




(On request by organised groups)

More than 30 volcanoes are considered active or potentially active in Northern Ecuador, and most of them border the very populated Interandean Valley. Beginning in 1999, Guagua Pichincha and then Tungurahua entered into eruption and later Cotopaxi threatened to do so. In 2002, El Reventador volcano erupted with little warning and showered Quito (more than 100km distant) with fine ash. This fieldtrip will allows to visit some of them.

Preliminary programme : Guagua Pinchincha (climb to the summit), Cotopaxi (lahars, pyroclastic flows and ashfall deposits in the National Park) Tungurahua (volcanic déposits and observation of the eruptive activity), Quilotoa ( large pumice deposit and crater lake), Chimborazo ( walk around)....

Guided by Henry Gaudru, president of the SVE - Tour accompagné par Henry Gaudru, président de la SVE - Trip for any people and/or students - accommodations in Hotels or shelters- hébergements en hotels ou refuge- Private minibus tour - Déplacement en minibus - easy walk but sometimes high elevation (+ 4500m)

Logistical organizations : Vactisoleil (Switzerland) - Escursia (France)

Departure from Geneva (Switzerland) - Paris (France) - Madrid (possibility for arrangements via others airports) - Vols de Genève et/ou Paris - Quito via Madrid

Price : Approximately 2600 Euros From Switzerland ( more or less depending number of people - minimal 8 participants - (half board) * susceptible to change

Preliminary informations and further details - SVE


PROJECT - PROJET - SEPTEMBER 2013 - Fieldtrip to the Yasur volcano (Vanuatu) - In case of interest contact ESCURSIA for pre-registration - Si vous êtes intéressés laissez votre nom à Escursia pour une pré-inscription (sans engagement) - départ avec 10 participants - (voyage à caractère scientifique)

Sur demande spécial nous pouvons également organiser des circuits vers d'autres volcans actifs. ex : Kamchatka, Canaries, Açores... N'hésitez pas à nous contacter.

On special request we can organize many others volcanic fieldtrips : i.e. ( Kamchatka, Vanuatu, Canarias, Azores... don't hesitate to contact us -


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