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Volcanic Study Edited by UH Professor Recognized as Best Geography and Earth Science Book of 2002

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Jul 25, 2003

A study on undersea growth of the volcanic islands that form the state of Hawaii, co-authored by UH Mānoa geology professor Michael Garcia and other UH professors, has been recognized as 2002‘s best book in Geography and Earth Science by the Professional/Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers.

"Hawaiian Volcanoes: Deep Underwater Perspectives," published by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), presents new data for the understanding of volcanic phenomena through research conducted by a group of scientists who participated in a series of submersible dives around the Hawaiian Islands in 1998 and 1999.

Garcia co-edited the volume as part of an international team headed by Eiichi Takahashi of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Other co-editors were Peter W. Lipman of the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California; Jiro Naka of the Japan Marine Science and Technology Center in Yokosuka; and Shigeo Aramaki of the University of Tokyo.

"It is particularly gratifying to see the work of these authors and editors recognized in this way," said Judy Holoviak, AGU‘s director of Publications. "This is the first book to reveal the hidden world on the submarine flanks of the Hawaiian Islands, which is one of the best places to study up-close the creation of new land through volcanic activity."

"Hawaiian Volcanoes: Deep Underwater Perspectives" is accompanied by a CD-ROM that provides detailed maps of the ocean floor, gravity, and magnetic intensity. The book is available from AGU and