Oregon's second highest peak (10,495 feet), Mount Jefferson, hasn't erupted for more than 27,000 years. Still, by geologic standards, where the second hand ticks in millennia, this composite volcano is merely dormant, rather than extinct.
-- Living with Thunder: Exploring the Geologic Past, Present, and Future of Pacific Northwest Landscapes by Ellen Morris Bishop. This teaser is a good sample of the readability of this "science" book. It is full of information -- and lots of color pictures and diagrams -- but aimed at a general audience. I think older kids or anyone with a general curiosity for geology would love it.
If you have a Pacific Northwest person with any interest in the outdoors on your holiday gift list, this could be your ticket. It's brand new and not likely that anyone else will think of it.
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