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Volcanoes of the Cascades: Their Rise and Their Risks (Falcon Guide)by Richard L Hill
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The majestic Cascade Mountains serve as the centerpiece for the Northwest's renowned beauty, with their rugged, snow-capped peaks drawing thousands of visitors to their flanks each summer. Several of the region's national parks are centered on these mountains, including North Cascades National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and Crater Lake National Park.
Underlying their elegance, however, is the disquieting fact that the range's major peaks are potentially hazardous volcanoes. On average, two eruptions occur per century. In the last century, explosive eruptions at Lassen Peak and Mount St. Helens left onlookers in awe.
This easy-to-understand book provides residents and visitors with a good understanding of each peak's distinctive nature and how the volcanoes are linked by their geologic underpinnings. Accessible prose by award-winning science writer Richard L. Hill, paired with clear illustrations and photographs, show each peak's individual characteristics, as well as the plate processes at work beneath them.
Book News Annotation:
Journalist Hill describes the dangerous beauty of the volcanoes of the Cascade mountain range. He shows how magma conduits have built 13 volcanoes on the range, and how each has reacted over time. Some have created outlandish peaks, and others spare lava fields. In 1980, one, Mount St. Helens, emitted a 24-megaton explosion and volcanic ash drifting like deep snow in all directions. Hill describes each volcano in detail and includes online resources for each.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An introduction to the Cascade Mountains by an award-winning science writer, discussing how the volcanoes were formed and what hazards the peaks might pose.
Towering, majestic, beautiful—the Cascade Range is the centerpiece of the Northwest's renowned beauty. These rugged, snowcapped summits provide an inspiring backdrop to the landscape from Washington to northern California. Yet underneath this elegant facade are powerful, unpredictable forces. Thirteen of the range's peaks have the potential to explode with catastrophic results, seven peaks have erupted in the last 250 years, and, on average, two eruptions occur each century. Which mountain is next?
Through stunning photographs, exciting illustrations, and simple informative text, award-winning science writer Richard L. Hill explores this question and more. He describes pyroclastic flows, plate tectonics, and each peak's distinctive characteristics, examining how the volcanoes are linked and what hazards they might still pose.
About the Author
Richard L. Hill has been the science writer for The Oregonian for more than 15 years. His articles have won numerous awards, from the American Geophysical Union's Award for Excellence in Science Writing to the C.B. Blethen Memorial Award for Distinguished Reporting. He is also a member of the board of directors of the 2,500-member National
Association of Science Writers.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 ¿ THE CASCADE RANGE
Chapter 2 ¿ THE HAZARDS
Chapter 3 ¿ MOUNT BAKER (including North Cascades National Park)
Chapter 4 ¿ GLACIER PEAK
Chapter 5 ¿ MOUNT RAINIER, a national park
Chapter 6 ¿ MOUNT ST. HELENS, a national park
Chapter 7 ¿ MOUNT ADAMS
Chaper 8 ¿ MOUND HOOD
Chapter 9 ¿ MOUNT JEFFERSON
Chapter 10 ¿ THE THREE SISTERS
Chapter 11 ¿ NEWBERRY CRATER, a national park
Chapter 12 ¿ CRATER LAKE, a national park
Chaper 13 ¿ MOUNT SHASTA
Chapter 14 ¿ MEDICINE LAKE (including Lava Beds National Monument)
Chapter 15 ¿ LASSEN PEAK, a national park
Resources ¿ including web sites and phone numbers where readers can obtain more information about the Cascades, volcanoes, and national parks.
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