Hawaiian volcanoes volume wins scholarly publishing award

February 05, 2003

WASHINGTON - A pioneering study of the undersea growth of the volcanic islands that form the State of Hawaii 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, received the award February 4, during PSP's Annual Conference here.

Hawaiian Volcanoes presents research by a large group of scientists who participated in a series of submersible dives to unprecedented depths around the Hawaiian Islands in 1998 and 1999. The submersible vehicles were made available by the Japan Marine Science and Technology Center.

The resultant volume was edited by an international team headed by Eiichi Takahashi of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, who also managed the scientific program. His co-editors were Peter W. Lipman of the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California; Michael Garcia of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu; Jiro Naka of the Japan Marine Science and Technology Center in Yokosuka; and Shigeo Aramaki of the University of Tokyo (emeritus).

"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."

The 418-page volume focuses on previously inaccessible areas of volcanic activity deep below the ocean surface. The book is accompanied by a CD-ROM that provides detailed maps of the ocean floor, gravity, and magnetic intensity. Hawaiian Volcanoes: Deep Underwater Perspectives is available from AGU and from Amazon.com.

Publication data: The book may be cited as Takahashi, E., et al., Eds., Hawaiian Volcanoes: Deep Underwater Perspectives, Geophysical Monograph Series, volume 128, 418 pages, AGU, Washington, D.C., 2002.

American Geophysical Union

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