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...

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