This books introduces readers to volcanoes, what they are and where they can be found. It examines the different types of volcanic eruption and the different shapes of volcanoes, from shield to cone-shaped. It considers why people choose to live so near to volcanoes and at how these people cope with the devastation that volcanoes can cause. It also shows how volcanoes can be used for the good of people. There is a list of 10 fascinating facts at the back of the book and a map showing where the places mentioned in the fact file are. Words in bold in the text can be found in the glossary. A combination of clear diagrams and large photographs help the reader's understanding of the text.
Chris Durbin has over twenty years experience in geographical education as a teacher, adviser, consultant, editor and author. He is particularly noted for his work in geographical education television and the Internet. The consultant, John Lace, is a Senior Adviser for the East Sussex School Improvement Service. Developing primary geography in schools has been John's passion for many years. John encourages schools to make geography an important part of their curriculum.