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Chasing lava: a geologist's adventures at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

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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. Volcanologists and general readers alike will enjoy author Wendell Duffield's report from Kilauea--home of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. Duffield's narrative encompasses everything from the scientific (his discovery that the movements of cooled lava on a lava lake mimic the movements of the earth's crust, providing an accessible model for understanding plate tectonics) to the humorous (his dog's discovery of a snake on the supposedly snake-free island) to the life-threatening (a colleague's plunge into molten lava). This charming account of living and working at Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, is sure to be a delight.

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Publication type Book
Title Chasing lava: a geologist's adventures at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
ISBN 0878424628
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher Mountain Press Publishing
Publisher location Missoula, MT
Description 171 p.
Country United States
State Hawai'i
Other Geospatial Kilauea
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