Italy's volcanoes - recommended books:
by Chris Kilburn, Bill McGuire
Terra Publishing (UK) (September 1, 2001)
Paperback (166 pages)
"Italian Volcanoes" presents the origin and geology of Itay's volcanism and has individual chapters devoted to each active volcano. It contains descriptions and geological information for a number of important eruptions (e.g. the huge eruption of Etna in 1669) and modern interpretations to explain the causes and underlying processes. For Etna, it has 39 pages divided into general descriptions and a field guide. As the companion book "Volcanoes of Europe", "Italian Volcanoes" provide well-written and easily understandable information for everyone seriously interested in the fascinating world of active volcanism in Italy. more...
Advanced to scientific level:
by John E. Guest, Paul D. Cole, Angus M. Duncan, David K. Chester
Geological Society of London (January 30, 2006)
Paperback (284 pages)
The volcanoes of southern Italy show a wide diversity in the type of volcanism. In consequence, the products and the resulting landforms illustrate most of the known volcanic phenomena, all within a small geographic area. Because the area was at the centre of western civilization in classical times, there is a longer, more continuous record of observed volcanism than in virtually any other part of the world. Thus studies of volcanoes in southern Italy have played a central role in the development of ideas in earth science. more...
by Angelo Peccerillo
Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg (August 2005)
Hardcover (379 pages)
Brand new, this book can be regarded a compendium and essential database for petrology and geochemistry of the volcanic areas in Central-Southern Italy and the Tyrrhenian Sea, where extensive Plio-Quaternary magmatic activity occurs. The rock compositions include crustal anatectic granites and rhyolites, tholeiitic, calc-alkaline, shoshonitic volcanics, and potassic to ultrapotassic and Na-alkaline volcanics. This very wide compositional variation makes Italian magmatism one of the most complex petrological issues, the understanding of which is a challenge for modern petrology and geochemistry. This book summarises the petrological, geochemical and volcanological characteristics of Italian Plio-Quaternary volcanism, and discusses petrogenetic hypotheses and possible geodynamics settings. The book is written for petrologists and geochemists, but fundamental geochemical information is well presented and the use of excessive jargon is avoided, making the book readable to a wide audience of Earth scientists. The book is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing a database of volcanic rock analyses compiled in the last two to three decades. more...