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Out of the Crater: Chronicles of a Volcanologist


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Volcanologists venture to treacherous volcanoes the world over in the pursuit of their science. They work around craters of boiling magma and amidst smoke, flames, scorched rocks, and clouds of noxious gases--balancing personal risk against advancing knowledge about one of nature's most dangerous and unpredictable forces. Richard Fisher, a world-renowned volcanologist, has had more than forty years of experience in the field. In this book, he blends autobiography with clear, accessible science to introduce readers to the basics of volcanology and to the wonders of volcanoes that he has studied and learned to both fear and admire.

In the course of the book, we follow Fisher as he descends into the steaming crater of the Soufri re Volcano on the island of St. Vincent, as he conducts research on lava flows on the desolate south shore of the Island of Hawaii, and as he struggles to understand the explosion at Mount St. Helens. We learn about his pioneering work on pyroclastic flows and surges--the hurricanes of gases, molten lava, and volcanic debris that cause most of the death and destruction when volcanoes explode. He tells of solving a historic scientific problem at Mount Pelee, Martinique, where 29,000 people were killed in a pyroclastic flow in 1902. Fisher also offers a volcanologist's view of the explosion of Mount Vesuvius that devastated Pompeii and Herculaneum. He writes about the cultural rewards and challenges of conducting research in isolated areas of such countries as Argentina, Mexico, and China. And he discusses the early influences that steered him toward volcanology--including his army experiences as a witness to two atom-bomb explosions at Bikini atoll.

Out of the Crater is written in an inviting, nontechnical style. With its deft combination of personal stories and scientific information, it is an inspiring account of a remarkable life and a compelling examination of some of the most spectacular forces shaping the face of the Earth.

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Fisher (geological sciences, U. of California-Santa Barbara) combines anecdotes of his 40 years travelling to remote parts of the world to study volcanoes with a gentle introduction to the science of volcanology. He also discusses historical eruptions such as that at Mount Pel<'e>e, Martinique in 1902 and Vesuvius when it buried Pompeii.
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About the Author

Richard V. Fisher is Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has taught and researched since 1955. In 1997, he was awarded the Thorarinsson Medal, the highest honor of the International Society of Volcanologists. Fisher is the coauthor, with Grant Heiken and Jeffrey B. Hulen, of Volcanoes: Crucibles of Change (Princeton). He also wrote Pyroclastic Rocks with H.-U. Schmincke and coedited Sedimentation in Volcanic Settings with G. A. Smith.

Table of Contents

Contents ix

Acknowledgments 3

Prologue 8

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

Epilogue 170

Glossary 173

Index 177

Product Details

Fisher, Richard V.
Princeton University Press
Fisher, Richard V.
Princeton, N.J. :
Volcanologists -- United States -- Biography.
Earth Sciences - General
Earthquakes & Volcanoes
Scientists - General
Earth Sciences
Geological Science
History of Science and Medicine, Philosophy of Science
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Chronicles of a Volc
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