In my experience, most debris flow books are compilations of conference presentations or narrowly focused treatments of certain aspects of debris flows. Jakob and Hungr's new book has entered the scene as a detailed and broad-reaching text that will be useful to a variety of audiences.

The book contains 27 chapters grouped by category. Following an introductory first chapter, the second chapter contains an annotated glossary of debris flow terms, helping to distinguish amongst some of the confusing overlap in debris flow vocabulary. The next two chapters cover background material for work in debris flows: Chapter 3 contains an excellent...

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