Book on Hawaii
volcanic activity
ranked best

A book on Hawaii's undersea volcanic activity co-edited by University of Hawaii-Manoa geologist Michael Garcia has been recognized as the best book in Geography and Earth Science in 2002.

The work, "Hawaiian Volcanoes: Deep Underwater Perspectives," was recognized by the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.

Published by the American Geophysical Union, the book presents new data on undersea volcanic growth from research conducted by scientists in submersible dives around the islands in 1998 and 1999.

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

Judy Holoviak, AGU's director of publications, said, "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."

A CD-ROM accompanies the book with detailed maps of the ocean floor, gravity and magnetic intensity. The book is available from the Geophysical Union and


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