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Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens

Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens

by Steve Olson

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Overview

Survival narrative meets scientific, natural, and social history in the riveting story of a volcanic disaster.

For months in early 1980, scientists, journalists, sightseers, and nearby residents listened anxiously to rumblings in Mount St. Helens, part of the chain of western volcanoes fueled by the 700-mile-long Cascadia fault. Still, no one was prepared when an immense eruption took the top off of the mountain and laid waste to hundreds of square miles of verdant forests in southwestern Washington State. The eruption was one of the largest in human history, deposited ash in eleven U.S. states and five Canadian provinces, and caused more than one billion dollars in damage. It killed fifty-seven people, some as far as thirteen miles away from the volcano’s summit.

Shedding new light on the cataclysm, author Steve Olson interweaves the history and science behind this event with page-turning accounts of what happened to those who lived and those who died.

Powerful economic and historical forces influenced the fates of those around the volcano that sunny Sunday morning, including the construction of the nation’s railroads, the harvest of a continent’s vast forests, and the protection of America’s treasured public lands. The eruption of Mount St. Helens revealed how the past is constantly present in the lives of us all. At the same time, it transformed volcanic science, the study of environmental resilience, and, ultimately, our perceptions of what it will take to survive on an increasingly dangerous planet.

Rich with vivid personal stories of lumber tycoons, loggers, volcanologists, and conservationists, Eruption delivers a spellbinding narrative built from the testimonies of those closest to the disaster, and an epic tale of our fraught relationship with the natural world.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393242799
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/07/2016
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Steve Olson is the author of Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens (winner of a Washington State Book Award), Mapping Human History (a finalist for the National Book Award), and other books. He has written for the Atlantic, Science, Smithsonian, and more. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Hometown:

Suburban Washington, D.C.

Date of Birth:

September 5, 1956

Place of Birth:

San Diego, California

Education:

B.A. in Physics, Yale University, 1978

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Part 1 The Land 1

Part 2 The Warnings 49

Part 3 The Conservationists 97

Part 4 The Eruption 141

Part 5 The Rescues 169

Part 6 The Monument 197

Part 7 Decline and Renewal 219

Epilogue 243

Acknowledgments 247

Source Notes 251

Bibliography 265

Illustration Credits 275

Index 277

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