Volcanoes in Space

Fire and Ice: The Volcanoes of the Solar System by Natalie Starkey (Goodreads) (Narrator)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a fascinating book! Have you ever considered that Earth might be the odd one out, because it has plate tectonics and the other planets in our solar system do not? Well, I certainly never did. The majority of our volcanoes, sitting above tectonic plates diverging from or converging with each other, are actually not really a typical phenomenon, if you broaden your reach beyond our planet. And that is only the start of the journey. This book gives you a great overview of the volcanoes on Earth and then takes you on a spin through our solar system and more unusual types of volcanoes, spewing all kinds of unexpected materials. In the process there is a lot to learn about planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, you name it…

I learned a lot, but have to confess that the constant info dump was a bit much at times. Still, it was a fascinating read and pretty entertaining.

I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the author. She did a good job. Here is a talk she gives about her book:

And her website with blog: https://www.nataliestarkey.com

7 thoughts on “Volcanoes in Space

    1. Thank you! I picked it up because Lindsay was reading it and liked it. Usually what he likes works for me as well. He hasn‘t posted a review yet though, at least I couldn‘t find one when I checked yesterday.

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  1. Years ago, I had a book on solar system with their orbit cycles, surface, satellites, volcanoes and what not. But it was a super dry account, good that the Starkey book makes them more fascinating! Reminds me of the movie Interstellar, did it have planets with volcanoes (…?)

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