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Chasing Lava: A Geologist's Adventures at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
     

Chasing Lava: A Geologist's Adventures at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

by Wendell A. Duffield
 
A lively account of the three years (1969-1972) spent by geologist Wendell Duffield working at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory at Kilauea, one of the world's more active volcanoes. Abundantly illustrated in b&w and color, with line drawings and maps, as well. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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A lively account of the three years (1969-1972) spent by geologist Wendell Duffield working at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory at Kilauea, one of the world's more active volcanoes. Abundantly illustrated in b&w and color, with line drawings and maps, as well. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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1969 was a year that showed man on the moon and man in the jungles of Vietnam. Far away from both of these extremes of human endeavors, Wendell Duffield and his wife came to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to study Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes. Unlike previous geologists who wanted to "explain the past," the geologists at this observatory wanted to "explain future events," living by the motto "No more burned or buried cities." Duffield's story of his three-year stay there alternates between the scientific and the everyday anecdotal. Life with a dog, a cat and a new wife goes along with life with a scientific team at work studying the movements of cooled lava crust. It is evident that the memories of these years are good ones; Duffield's memoir carries a mellow tone: "Memories of the heavy scent and monotonous taste of meat, potatoes, and Upper Midwest delicacies known as hot dish and casserole give way to the delicate textures and flavors of abundant fresh seafood and a seemingly unending in-season crop of sweet fruit." Personal photographs, scientific illustrations and humorous monotone watercolors all tie in with both the mundane and technical sides of this work. Recommended for any collection where there is interest in volcanism or Hawaii. KLIATT Codes: SA�Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Mountain Press, 171p. illus. bibliog. index., Gillen

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ISBN-13:
9780878424627
Publisher:
Mountain Press Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
169
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

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