Volcanism. Hans-Ulrich Schmincke. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York. Pp. 401. ISBN 3-540-43650-2. 2004. Price $79.95.

Despite the spectacular nature of volcanism, constantly refreshed in the media by ongoing eruptive activity such as that now occurring at Mount St. Helens, and the direct and profound relevance of volcanic processes to the Economic Geology community, it is surprisingly difficult to direct a newcomer or student to references that set out the scope of volcanism and its impact. There is a plethora of stylish pictorial books for the coffee table, and a burgeoning (if not intimidating) volume of specialist technical literature, but...

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