Links and Further Information
For further information, the following websites and books are recommended.
Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat
The reforestation program being studied is on the Leaves and Lizards property.
ReForest Costa Rica
Purchase real estate for reforestation, or reforest existing land.
Arenal at the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program
The Global Volcanism Program describes major volcanoes around the world, including recent activity reports. The pages for Arenal include regular updates and photographs.
Observatorio Vulcanologico y Sismologico de Costa Rica-Universidad Nacional (OVSICORI-UNA)
National University of Costa Rica's Observatory of Vulcanology and Seismology. (Spanish)
The Volcano Adventure Guide, Rosaly Lopes; Cambridge University Press 2005
This is an excellent guide to visiting noteworthy volcanoes around the world. Volcanoes are chosen according to their activity, accessibility, and notoriety. Strongly recommended if you are interested in volcanoes and would like to visit some whilst on your travels.
Volcanoes, Peter Francis & Clive Oppenheimer; Oxford University Press 2003
The original edition of this book became an instant classic when it was published in the early 1990s. Clive Oppenheimer has done an excellent job of updating the late Peter Francis' text. The additions include good coverage of Soufriere Hills (Montserrat).
Vulcanology suffers a lot from jargon, and subjects such as igneous petrology can quickly become incomprehensible to the uninitiated. This book does a great job of concentrating on what is important. It is definitely aimed at an educated audience, but a knowledge of geology is not necessary.
Coverage of Arenal is limited to a few sentences in the discussion of Vulcanian eruptions. Better coverage and photographs are provided for neighboring Poas which is noted for its phreatic eruptions.
Active Lavas: Monitoring and Modelling, Edited by Christopher R.J. Kilburn & Giuseppe Luoungo; UCL Press 1993
This out of print book concerns the monitoring and modeling of lava flows, to improve future monitoring and the protection of civilian populations.
Of interest to us, is Chapter 2, The blocky andesitic lava flows of Arenal volcano, Costa Rica (pp 25-72). This gives a good description of the morphology and dynamics of Arenal's lava flows. Of particular note are the field observations of various phenomenon that could be easily mis-interpreted by a field geologist.