In this text, Richard Fisher blends autobiography with science to the basics of volcanology and to the volcanoes he has studied. Following his travels from descending into the steaming crater of the Soufriere Volcano, to his research on lava flows on the desolate shores of the Island of Hawwaii, and his struggles to understand the explosion at Mount St Helens. The text involves his work on pyroclastic flows and surges - the hurricanes of gas, molten lava, and volcanic debris. Fisher tells of a historic scientific problem at Mount Pelee, where 29,000 people were killed in a pyroclastic flow. And also offers a volcanologist's view of the explosion of Mount Vesuvius that devestated Pompeii and Herculaneum. He writes about the cultural rewards and the challenges of conducting isolated researches in countries as Argentina, Mexico and China.
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"Interesting and entertaining reading. . . . Fisher is a good writer and mixes tales of his travels, science, and personal anecdotes as well. The book is entertaining and an easy read. . . . Perhaps the only regret is that the book is not a bit longer." --Steve Sparks, Nature
"Good first-person descriptions of science are always welcome, and doubly so from scientists in fascinating fields. . . . [ Out of the Crater] reveals much about research in a tough environmental science where extensive fieldwork is the only road to enlightenment." --Martin Ince, New Scientist
"R. V. Fisher is, without a doubt, one of the premier volcanologists of the latter half of the twentieth century. Fisher writes in a light and lucid prose. . . . The result is an engaging, human and modest account." --David Pyle, Geological Magazine
Chapter 1. Los Alamos, New Mexico
Chapter 2. Bikini and the Atom Bomb 13
Chapter 3. The Beginnings of a Career 22
Chapter 4. Central Oregon: Tuff, Fossils, and Lava 28
Chapter 5. Puu Hou, Hawaii: Solitary Isolation 35
Chapter 6. Volcanoes and Water 46
Chapter 7. Mount Pele, Martinique 62
Chapter 8. Soufriere, St. Vincent 69
Chapter 9. Volcanoes in Europe 80
Chapter 10. Mount St. Helens 89
Chapter 11. Mount Vesuvius 104
Chapter 12. El Chichon, Southern Mexico 115
Chapter 13. Calderas 126
Chapter 14. Communist China 137
Chapter 15. Italy and Ignimbrite 156
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Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0691002266
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Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0691002266