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A quick, easy informative read It s not anything especially groundbreaking, but it takes an event obscure to many people outside of Iceland and gives it some worthy publicity, combined with a solid overview of famous volcanic activity throughout history Something to have on the reference shelf when needed A quick, easy informative read It s not anything especially groundbreaking, but it takes an event obscure to many people outside of Iceland and gives it some worthy publicity, combined with a solid overview of famous volcanic activity throughout history Something to have on the reference shelf when needed My first trip to Iceland was in 2010 only a few months after Eyjafjallajokull brought European air traffic to a halt That trip included a visit to Heimaey one of my favorite books is John McPhee s Control of Nature, in which he describes the 1973 eruption during which the harbor was saved by spraying millions of gallons of water on the lava flow This book was on a reading list I was given in preparation for a second trip to Iceland I am not sure why they changed the subtitle for the America My first trip to Iceland was in 2010 only a few months after Eyjafjallajokull brought European air traffic to a halt That trip included a visit to Heimaey one of my favorite books is John McPhee s Control of Nature, in which he describes the 1973 eruption during which the harbor was saved by spraying millions of gallons of water on the lava flow This book was on a reading list I was given in preparation for a second trip to Iceland I am not sure why they changed the subtitle for the American edition because the UK edition is An Island on Fire The Extraordinary Story of Laki, the Volcano That Turned Eighteenth Century Europe Dark which I think is better The main focus is the relation of volcanic eruptions to major climate changes, specifically the 1873 eruption of Laki Using contemporary accounts, including Ben Franklin who was in Paris then, the authors describe the year of wonders as the ash cloud moved over Northern Europe and brought famine and disease a contributing factor to the French Revolution But the book isbroadly a short and readable scientific account of all the major volcanic eruptions and the potential for concern should another Laki occur We re all strapped to a giant bomb That s the inevitable bottom line conclusion of reading anything at all about volcanoes Witze and her co author Kanipe are ostensibly writing a book about Iceland s Laki volcano, which blew up in 1783 and caused misery and death around the world maybe jury s not totally in But there s only so much to say about that, so several of their chapters stray into topics like Volcanoes big, bigger, really big, OMG DEATH BLAST END OF THE WORLD see under Yellow We re all strapped to a giant bomb That s the inevitable bottom line conclusion of reading anything at all about volcanoes Witze and her co author Kanipe are ostensibly writing a book about Iceland s Laki volcano, which blew up in 1783 and caused misery and death around the world maybe jury s not totally in But there s only so much to say about that, so several of their chapters stray into topics like Volcanoes big, bigger, really big, OMG DEATH BLAST END OF THE WORLD see under Yellowstone Volcanoes many ways they can kill you lava, pyroklastic flow, snowmelt flood, ash suffocation, fluorine poisoning, sulfate poisoning, covering the entire world with nuclear winter ash cloud Volcanoes are they just big geological zits where does the hot stuff come from etc.They also touch on further interesting points such as did J.W Turner and Edward Munch paint red skylines because there was so much volcanic particulate in the air at those times How do you divert a bajillion tons of angry lava away from your tiny Icelandic fishing village, both in the 18th century and in 1973 Ancient Danish Icelandic warrior kings with weird bone structure early victims of fluorine poisoning If you re already a volcano afficionada o, you may already know most of what s here And while Witze and Kanipe do a reasonable job of dramatizing their story, they don t yet have the narrative touch of some of our top popular nonfiction authors, like Erik Larson and Mary Karr The book straddles a line between of interest to Iceland volcano geeks and trying to be of interest to everyone I finished it feeling newly reminded that if Yellowstone goes, it s game over for everybody, so I might as well order that beer with dinner Sowin I bought this book after my trip to Iceland in June 2014 Iceland is a fascinating country and so was the book.The book describes and analyses effects of some of the big volcano eruptions to date with focus on Laki eruption which occurred in Iceland in the late 19th century and was very well documented by a local priest What would happen if Laki eruption occurred these days Or that of Tambora which went off in Indonesia in 1815 and was probably the reason behind the year without summer in 18 I bought this book after my trip to Iceland in June 2014 Iceland is a fascinating country and so was the book.The book describes and analyses effects of some of the big volcano eruptions to date with focus on Laki eruption which occurred in Iceland in the late 19th century and was very well documented by a local priest What would happen if Laki eruption occurred these days Or that of Tambora which went off in Indonesia in 1815 and was probably the reason behind the year without summer in 1816 Today, such thing could be a big test for our civilisation with severe impact on the way we live and even on our lives There is no way to predict such events, volcanos like Popocatepetl in Mexico or the infamous Vesuvius in Italy which slept for centuries or even millennia can re awake with a rather short notice And then, there are the really bad guys supervolcanos capable of ejecting so much ash, gas and particles to the stratosphere that the global temperature may consequently drop by 10C for a number of years and, needless to say, with a devastating effects on the mankind itself Like the book says, these guys come to life very rarely the latest known supervolcano eruption happened 27 thousand years ago and, hence, the probability of occurrence is very very low Yet, there is a huge difference between something being improbable and impossible.The book is very well written thanks to alternating topics it is dynamic and for me it was difficult to put down I see it as a good balance between facts and fiction Volcanic activity is indeed a very fascinating topic I plan to explore further For me, it is five stars with no hesitation This is an easy to read and immensely entertaining and informative book on the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki along with background and history of volcanology and a few famous and not so famous eruptions that show the different types of volcano and how this relates to Laki Witze and Kanipe have an real and obvious passion for the subject which comes through in the writing as they use first hand accounts, historic scientific records and their own experiences and research to take the read This is an easy to read and immensely entertaining and informative book on the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki along with background and history of volcanology and a few famous and not so famous eruptions that show the different types of volcano and how this relates to Laki Witze and Kanipe have an real and obvious passion for the subject which comes through in the writing as they use first hand accounts, historic scientific records and their own experiences and research to take the reader on a journey around the volcanic world, including a chapter and what another Laki eruption could mean today This is a brilliant introductory book for those unfamiliar with volcanoes and volcanology and is a great refresher read for those, like me, who have been fascinated by them for years An excellent read, in fact its that good I m likely to go and buy my own copy This is one of the most engaging non fiction books I have read The topic of volcanoes is obviously fascinating all by itself, but this is written in such a compelling way as to make it impossible to put down.Geographical, historical part non fiction, part travel writing it is a multi faceted work which is deeply informative and gripping The 1783 eruption of the Icelandic volcano Lake takes centre stage and is used as a benchmark for the exploration of dangerous future eruptions, although the This is one of the most engaging non fiction books I have read The topic of volcanoes is obviously fascinating all by itself, but this is written in such a compelling way as to make it impossible to put down.Geographical, historical part non fiction, part travel writing it is a multi faceted work which is deeply informative and gripping The 1783 eruption of the Icelandic volcano Lake takes centre stage and is used as a benchmark for the exploration of dangerous future eruptions, although the book is far reaching in its scope and not at all limited to Lake, or Iceland From the essentials of Plate Tectonic theory and crustal movements to supervolcanoes and deadly global eruptions Traversing historical and geological time, Island on Fire is a condensed tour de force on the Earth s volcanic history with a brief and highly disturbing glimpse at a possible future all in the context of the impacts on people and the development of societies A fascinating read examining the 18th century eruption of Icelandic volcano Laki I appreciate how the authors link the Laki eruption to disasters elsewhere in the world at the time as well as putting it into context with other volcanoes around the globe. I really enjoyed this eminently readable history of Laki It was a fascinating look at not just the history of Iceland and the way it co exists with its volcanoes, but also at the way volcanoes have influenced history The authors broaden their scope to beyond Iceland and visit all of the continents and major volcanic areas Along the way they also give an explanation of what volcanoes are and how they work It really was a fun read. I so wanted to read this book that I couldn t wait until it was published in the U.S or came out on Kindle I ordered it froms British website, because it was initially published in Great Britain It s the compelling story of a huge volcanic eruption in Iceland in 1783 that darkened the skies over Europe for most of a year It s told through the lens of the personal story of the Rev Jon Steingrimsson, a minister who lived near the volcano, called Laki He recorded what happened as a re I so wanted to read this book that I couldn t wait until it was published in the U.S or came out on Kindle I ordered it froms British website, because it was initially published in Great Britain It s the compelling story of a huge volcanic eruption in Iceland in 1783 that darkened the skies over Europe for most of a year It s told through the lens of the personal story of the Rev Jon Steingrimsson, a minister who lived near the volcano, called Laki He recorded what happened as a result of the eruption, which continued for months The authors use Laki s eruption to tell the greater story of Icelandic volcanoes why they exist, how they erupt, and how the people of Iceland manage to live with the volcanoes Alex Witze is an excellent science writer, and she clearly enjoys writing about volcanoes She and co author Jeff Kanipe skillfully weave the science in with the human story of Laki s eruption and its aftereffects The narrative is easy to follow, and the photos, sketches, and graphs add insight Full disclosure I have known Alex forthan 15 years, since she was a science writer at The Dallas Morning News I ve always enjoyed her writing ^Read Book ⇳ Island on Fire: The Extraordinary Story of a Forgotten Volcano That Changed the World ↲ Laki is Iceland s largest volcano Its eruption inis one of history s great, untold natural disasters Spewing out sun blocking ash and then a poisonous fog for eight long months, the effects of the eruption lingered across the world for years It caused the deaths of people as far away as the Nile and created catastrophic conditions throughout Europe Island on Fire is the story not only of a single eruption but the people whose lives it changed, the dawn of modern volcanology, as well as the history and potential of other super volcanoes like Laki around the world And perhaps most pertinently, in the wake of the eruption of another Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallaj kull, which closed European air space in , acclaimed science writers Witze and Kanipe look at what might transpire should Laki erupt again in our lifetime