Thar She Blows

From POP-UP books to science-fair experiments, volcanoes once had a firm grip on the popular consciousness, only to be replaced by T. rex and all things Jurassic. But Corbis's well-wrought Volcanoes: Life on the Edge (Windows, $50,800-246-2065) may prove a corrective. From Vesuvius-ravaged Pompeii to Washington state's Mount St. He-lens, this CD-ROM surveys the history and mythology of volcanoes with archival photographs and illustrations. Complemented by pictures of active and inactive volcanoes around the world, the program brings one of the earth's most spectacular natural wonders to life.
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