Books about Kamchata's volcanoes
by John Eichelberger (Editor), Evgenii Gordeev (Editor), Pavel Izbekov (Editor), Minoru Kasahara (Editor), Jonathan Lees (Editor)
American Geophysical Union (May 2013)
Hardcover (369 pages)
The Kamchatka Peninsula is among the most active regions in the world. Kamchatka itself contains 29 active volcanoes, 4 now in a state of semi-continuous eruption, and it has experienced 14 magnitude 7 or greater earthquakes since accurate recording began in 1962. This book covers the various aspects of coupled magmatism and tectonics in this spectacular region, where the torn North Pacific slab dives into hot mantle. Senior Russian and American authors grapple with the dynamics of the cusp with perspectives from the west and east of it, respectively, while careful tephrostratigraphy yields a remarkably precise record of behavior of storied volcanoes such as Kliuchevskoi and Shiveluch. Towards the south, Japanese researchers elucidate subduction earthquake processes with unprecedented geodetic resolution. Looking eastward, new insights on caldera formation, monitoring, and magma ascent are presented for the Aleutians. This is one of the first books of its kind printed in the English language. Students and scientists beginning research in the region will find in this book a useful context and introduction to the region's scientific leaders. Others who wish to apply lessons learned in the North Pacific to their areas of interest will find the volume a valuable reference. more...