Explosive Subaqueous Volcanism. James D.L. White, John L. Smellie, and
David A. Clague, Editors. 379 Pp. American Geophysical Union Geophysical
Monograph 140. 2003. Price $90.00; members $63.00.
In the first sentence of the introductory chapter to this book, the editors
state that "the role of explosive subaqueous eruptions has long been
considered unimportant." This chapter and the remainder of the book then go
on to reassess this statement, concluding that explosive subaqueous volcanism
is, in fact, an important process, with the possibility that "a quarter of
the earth’s explosive activity occurs under water." These conclusions
have become possible only because...