Volcanoes have fascinated-and terrified-people for ages. They have destroyed cities and ended civilizations. In this book, John Dvorak, the acclaimed author of Earthquake Storms, looks into the early years of volcanology and its "father," Thomas Jaggar. Jaggar was the youngest of five scientists to investigate the explosion of Mount Pelee in Martinique, which leveled the entire city of St. Pierre and killed its entire population in two minutes. This explosion changed science forever, and Jaggar became obsessed with understanding the force of nature that could do this.
Falling in love with a widowed schoolteacher who shared his passion, Jaggar devoted his life to studying volcanic activity and the mysteries beneath the earth's surface. From their precarious perch, this dynamic husband and wife duo would discover a way to predict volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, promote geothermal energy, and theorize new ways to study the ocean bottom.
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"Narrator Tom Perkins delivers this laudatory biography of Thomas Jaggar, the Harvard-trained geologist who was the spirit behind the establishment of the Hawaii Volcano Research Station at Mount Kilauea. The audiobook recounts his life--personal and professional--from his first encounter with volcanic violence in the aftermath of the eruption of Mount Pelee in the Caribbean in 1902 to his death in Hawaii in 1953 (with side trips to the Aleutian Islands and Vesuvius). Perkins provides a strong, deep voice, a focused presentation, and clear pronunciation. His pace is slow and consistent, making his narration easy to follow. It was Jaggar's fate to have worked before the understanding of tectonics transformed our view of geology. His lifetime of inquiry illuminates evolving science. F.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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