Volcano: Nature and Culture

Volcano: Nature and Culture

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by James Hamilton
     
 

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For years, tourists have trekked across cracked rock at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano to witness the awe-inspiring sight of creeping lava and its devastating effects on the landscape. In 2010, Eyjafjallajökull erupted in Iceland, stranding travelers as a cloud of ash covered western and northern Europe, causing the largest disruption of air travel since World

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For years, tourists have trekked across cracked rock at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano to witness the awe-inspiring sight of creeping lava and its devastating effects on the landscape. In 2010, Eyjafjallajökull erupted in Iceland, stranding travelers as a cloud of ash covered western and northern Europe, causing the largest disruption of air travel since World War II. And just a few months later, Mount Merapi blew in Indonesia, killing over 350 people and displacing over 350,000 others, awakening people once more to the dangerous potential of these sleeping giants.

Though today largely dormant, volcanoes continue to erupt across the world, reminding us of their sheer physical power. In Volcano, James Hamilton explores the cultural history generated by the violence and terrifying beauty of volcanoes. He describes the reverberations of early eruptions of Vesuvius and Etna in Greek and Roman myth. He also examines the depiction of volcanoes in art—from the earliest known wall painting of an erupting volcano in 6200 BCE to the distinctive colors of Andy Warhol and Michael Sandle’s exploding mountains. Surveying a number of twenty-first-century works, Hamilton shows that volcanoes continue to influence the artistic imagination.
 
Combining established figures such as Joseph Wright and J. M. W. Turner with previously unseen perspectives, this richly illustrated book will appeal to anyone interested in science as well as the cultural impact of these spectacular natural features.

Editorial Reviews

Brian M. Fagan

“At last, a series of books on the earth for lay people that combine authoritative, succinct, and entertaining narrative with magnificent illustrations. The Earth series will make us marvel anew at the diversity and astounding beauty of the world around us. Each book will take popular understanding of the earth to a new level. No one seriously interested in the future of our planet should be without them.”

Clive Oppenheimer

“An arresting collage of mythology, philosophy, literature, and spectacular works of visual art inspired by nature's most exuberant phenomenon—Hamilton's unique and imaginative miscellany and cultural geography of volcanoes and volcanology is a veritable treasure trove.”
Gillian Darley

“James Hamilton elegantly conjures up the imagery and impact of volcanic events around the world, through centuries and across continents, mastering this complex topic with an observant eye, an incisive mind, and a fluent pen; it’s a book to read and then keep coming back to, again and again.”
Choice
“Richly enhanced by spectacular photographs and artwork. . . . Written in a nontechnical style and have an interdisciplinary, international focus. The high-quality illustrations scattered throughout each chapter are a major strength. The humanities perspective provides a fresh look at two remarkable natural phenomena.” 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861899170
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
06/15/2012
Series:
Reaktion Books - Earth Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

James Hamilton is an art historian and author of many books, including London Lights: The Minds that Moved the City that Shook the World 1805-51 and Turner and Italy.

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Volcano: Nature and Culture 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She rushed over to crystalsky and mewed, "C-Crystal?!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pulls Crystalsky off the rock and quickly helps Emberglow carry her back to camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Are you dead?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is sent hurling in the air and lands on a jagged rock.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Tenatatively puts on the Twoleg thing. A spark of light comes from it which engulfs Rainbowpaw. Wen the light fades she looks normal but something is different about her. Its just not visible.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey griffin or cat you need help
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love volcanoes! Grace