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Chester, Roy. Furnace of creation, cradle of destruction; a journey to the birthplace of earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.

CHESTER, Roy. Furnace of creation, cradle of destruction; a journey to the birthplace of earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. Read by Bill Weideman. 6 cds. 7 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2008. 978-1-4233-6401-6. $82.25. Vinyl; content, reader notes. JSA

This book explains three of nature's most violent phenomena: earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis, using a combination of science, history and folklore and mythology. Chester, a world-renowned expert, explains all three phenomena using plate tectonic theory, and he also relates how scientists developed this theory over time. Just as interestingly, he describes earlier theories behind these disastrous events based on religious beliefs and folklore, and he describes past and recent occurrences of three types of destructive forces. Weideman's dramatic voice is perfectly suited to the drama of the events he describes, but it also makes some of the dry geological explanations of continental drift and platetectonic theory interesting as well. This audio is an adaptation of the original book and some of the science might have been easier to understand with some charts or illustrations, although the narration goes a long way to making it accessible to the listener. As we seem to be living through a time of extreme weather and geological and climatic events, such as the tsunami of 2004 and the recent earthquakes in China, understanding the earth science behind some of them will interest many students. Nola Theiss, Sanibel, FL
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Date:Nov 1, 2008
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