Books

As part of my outreach activities I have taken to writing books. I have been writing research papers since 1996, and have written over 50 scientific articles on a number of subjects. It can sometimes be difficult to access the information in research papers written for the science community, and that’s where books come in 🙂

Writing books helps to communicate some of my knowledge to a wider audience and I hope you fine them useful and interesting. I have started with books involving igneous rocks and volcanoes, and will soon be expanding into other areas of the Earth Sciences.

Please see a selection of current books below. Simply click an image to view more detail.  If you order a book directly from DougalEarth, then you get a copy signed by the author!

A note on https – My shopping pages don’t have https because you won’t be entering card details until you proceed to Paypal (or Amazon).

Signed Books WORLD BOOK DAY SPECIAL PRICES …

If you want a signed copy, then please select the book you would like above, enter your country on the shipping calculator, then go through checkout with Paypal – you don’t need to have a Paypal account to use your card.

IMPORTANT!  To include a message on your signed copy, please click on the ‘Shipping Address’ and add your message in the box called ‘Order Notes’. I will include that on your new book. If you forget, then I will email you to check.

How to buy

You have a couple of options to purchase my books:

Unsigned Books …

If you want an unsigned book, then please use the following direct links to Amazon or Paypal (for Victor) below:

Victor the Volcano (not signed)

This is the first book in the Dr Volcano series for children 🙂 It is a story about an island that wants to be a volcano. It also contains some educational material about volcanoes (for ages 4-9).

Purchase direct using Paypal (no account needed)




Introducing Volcanology (not signed)

Their eruptions are a regular reminder of the power of nature and our vulnerability to this raw geological phenomenon, however volcanic activity, and its plumbing from beneath, is an essential element of the forces that shaped and constantly reshape our planet.

Purchase direct through Amazon…

The Field Description of Igneous Rocks (not signed)

This book provides an essential field guide to igneous rocks, as well as the key elements needed to describe and document igneous/volcanic rocks in any setting. In full colour with easy to use colour coded subsections, and a handy pocket size for field use.

Purchase direct through Amazon…

Signed Books …

If you want a signed copy, then please select the book you would like below, enter your country on the shipping calculator, then go through checkout with Paypal – you don’t need to have a Paypal account to use your card.

IMPORTANT!  To include a message on your signed copy, please click on the ‘Shipping Address’ and add your message in the box called ‘Order Notes’. I will include that on your new book. If you forget, then I will email you to check.

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    Excerpt from a review on AMAZON

    This book has it all. A must for any student working on or around igneous rocks. The diagrams are spot on and the examples are up to date. The book is a handy size, not too big and not too small. Good value for money: if you are going mapping and expect to encounter anything igneous or volcaniclastic it would be foolish to leave without this book.....Amazon Feb 2011
  • Victor is an island in the Mediterranean Sea with high hopes. He wants to be a volcano and burst with fiery pride, but how? He must go on a journey of discovery to find out the secrets of how volcanoes dance and sing. This tale follows Victor on a colourful and explosive journey that introduces children to the wonderful world of volcanoes and where they are found. Author Dougal Jerram, a Professor in Volcanic Rocks, has used his expertise and passion to bring volcanoes to life for young children. The learning pages in the back of the book include a map of the world showing the continents where the volcanoes that are featured in the book are located and the Inside the Volcano explains the internal workings of a volcano. A great story with a valuable education message for children and a useful guide for both parents and teachers.
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    Volcanoes are intimately tied to the history of humanity, they help forge the Earth's crust and atmosphere, and they are very much an active feature of today. The archaeology of most ancient civilizations of Europe preserves the imprint of spectacular and volcanic phenomena while, in modern times life is still affected by large eruptions from Europe’s active volcanic systems. The eruption of Santorini, some 3600 years ago in the Aegean, probably inspired the Greek fables of Atlantis; the eruptions of Etna on Sicily are the origin of the forges of Cyclops and other myths; and the regular eruptions from Stromboli earned its Roman name, ‘the Lighthouse of the Mediterranean’. Eruptions in Iceland over the past few centuries have shaped more recent European history and highlight the dramatic effects that distant large eruptions can have on our modern way of living.
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    Volcanoes have an endless fascination.

    Their eruptions are a regular reminder of the power of nature and our vulnerability to this raw geological phenomenon, however volcanic activity, and its plumbing from beneath, is an essential element of the forces that shaped and constantly reshape our planet. Dougal Jerram answers the questions: What are volcanoes? What other volcanic activity is there? How do volcanoes relate to plate tectonics and the movement of continents? What are eruptions and why do they occur? How have volcanoes affected the earth's climate? Can we predict eruptions? He also describes the most notable eruptions in history and their effect. Copiously illustrated throughout Introducing Volcanology is a concise and accessible introduction to the science of hot rocks for those with an adult curiosity and for those contemplating a course of formal study. As with sister volumes, technical terms are kept to a minimum and a glossary is provided covering the whole subject from ash to zeolites.