Considering its substantial price, this is a remarkably plain-looking volume. At 23 × 15 cm and a thickness of less than a couple of centimetres it is smallish and uses no colour. A DVD in the back pocket provides some colour illustrations together with larger versions of all the text-figures, which is just as well as a number of those in the book are decidedly spidery and on the margins of legibility.

The book is a collection of 43 papers derived from the Third International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, held in Santorini in 2007. The miscellany...

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