Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Touristic hot spots during summer time!

For Rosaly Lopes, watching a volcano spout smoke or staring into a bubbling pit of lava is the best adventure on earth.

Lopes, who studies volcanoes around the globe and throughout the solar system for NASA, wrote "The Volcano Adventure Guide" because people were always asking her for advice on visiting volcanoes.

The book explains the science and history of volcanoes but also provides practical information about visiting volcanoes in Hawaii, Iceland, Greece, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, the continental United States and Italy. Lopes explains how to stay safe, where to hike for the best views, and even lists other attractions nearby.

In Italy, volcanoes range from Mt. Vesuvius, which has been dormant since 1944, to Stromboli, which has small eruptions every 20 minutes or so that are relatively safe to see from nearby. American sites include Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier in Washington.

"The Volcano Adventure Guide," published by Cambridge University Press, is $50.

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