Island on Fire

Island on Fire

The Extraordinary Story of A Forgotten Volcano That Changed the World

Book - 2014 | First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
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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. And 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.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, ©2014
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781605986746
Branch Call Number: 551.21 WIT 2014
Characteristics: 224 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Kanipe, Jeff 1953-


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Sep 16, 2015

Very well written and informative book. Worth reading numerous times

Sep 09, 2015

The 2010 eruption was not the first time Icelandic volcanoes wreaked havoc. This is an excellent exploration of the Laki eruption that brought climate change and famine to Europe (and worse in Iceland itself).

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