The explosion of Tambora in April 1815, geologists de Boer and Sanders write, sent a plume of volcanic ash high into the planet's atmosphere, bringing on a "nuclear winter" that devastated crops in the northern hemisphere, yielding famine and plague. Moreover, they add, the explosion cast a hazy pall over much of Europe, a gloom that inspired Mary Shelley to write her famed novel, Frankenstein. Another explosion, more than 3,000 years earlier, pulverized the Mediterranean island of Thera, giving rise to the legend of Atlantis and causing whole civilizations to collapse. Still another eruption on the island of Tristan da Cunha, in 1961, "brought [the 20th century] to this most isolated of the earth's inhabited places."
The authors' overview of nature's ability to thwart human intentions makes for fascinating reading, sure to appeal to fans of Perils of a Restless Planet, Surviving Galeras, and other chronicles of the trembling earth. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Perfectly documented and very well written.
It makes us realize we live above a thin and fragile crust moving on top of a furnace, which regularly breaks with sometimes huge... Read more
It's pretty new when I got it, just a few pencil marks inside but the whole book looks like a new one! I like it!!!Published 10 months ago by Kathryn
As a reader of history an enjoyable and interesting read on how volcanos have influenced history. I especialy like the section on Hawaii. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Susan Hodge
I am not a scientist by any stretch of the imagination but I found this book to be highly interesting. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this product for school. I liked this product, it was shipped quickly and was exactly how it was described in the description.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this Volcanoes book by de Boer and Sanders at a second-hand store earlier this year, and found it entertaining light reading to get me to sleep at night. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Alan U. Kennington
Well written and easy to follow for someone without a scientific background. Clarified the dynamics of many areas such as plate tectonics, rim of fire, island formation.Published 22 months ago by Plato
The afterword of this book says: In this book we have tried to bring volcanoes to life..give them a human dimension... Read morePublished on February 13, 2010 by Sheila Dreckman
In this fascinating book, the authors do an excellent job of outlining the effects that volcanic eruptions have had on humanity over the millennia all over the globe. Read morePublished on October 16, 2009 by G. Poirier