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Alexandra Witze & Jeff Kanipe - Island on Fire (2nd Hand Paperback)

£5.95
SKU B001260
Synopsis

Can a single explosion change the course of history?

An eruption at the end of the 18th century led to years of climate change while igniting famine, disease, even perhaps revolution. Laki is one of Iceland’s most fearsome volcanoes.

Laki is Iceland’s largest volcano. Its eruption in 1783 is one of history’s great, untold natural disasters. Spewing out sun-blocking ash and then a poisonous fog for eight long months, the effects of the eruption lingered across the world for years.  It caused the deaths of people as far away as the Nile and created catastrophic conditions throughout Europe.

Island on Fire is the story not only of a single eruption but the people whose lives it changed, the dawn of modern volcanology, as well as the history - and potential - of other super-volcanoes like Laki around the world.

Perhaps most pertinently, in the wake of the eruption of another Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, which closed European air space in 2010, acclaimed science writers Witze and Kanipe look at what might transpire should Laki erupt again in our lifetime.

Details
  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Geography, Earth Sciences & Space
  • Published : 2014
  • ISBN : 9781781252666
  • SKU : B001260
  • PPC : LL250gm
  • RRP : £8.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"A compelling and engrossing story of Laki and its worldwide impact. As the best book authors do, they have also ferreted out facts and examples that make their specific story one with implications for modern readers." - The Seattle Times.

"A terrific, disturbing book. In their fast-paced, enjoyable text the authors show how vulnerable we remain to the most unpredictable of natural disasters." - Gillian Darley, author of Vesuvius.

The Authors

Alexandra Witze is a contributing correspondent based in Boulder, Colorado.

Jeff Kanipe is a science writer and author of astronomy books.