Volcano Cowboys The Rocky Evolution of a Dangerous Science

ISBN-10: 0312286686

ISBN-13: 9780312286682

Edition: Revised 

Authors: Dick Thompson

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Volcanoes have destroyed and killed throughout history, but we have never known much about them. Now a group of brave scientists are working to understand the actual conditions that cause eruptions, how to predict them, and what we can do, if anything, to temper their destructiveness. Thompson, a Time magazine correspondent, takes us from the May 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington state through new concentrated efforts to construct a wider-reaching and more rigid discipline. Thompson spent many hours with the relative handful of scientists whom he calls "volcano cowboys." They have loaned him their field notes and shared personal stories. That vivid material combined with Thompson's ability to bring a good story to life has resulted in a book that celebrates these "cowboys," their hazardous lives, and the often harrowing decisions they must make.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 1/18/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Introduction
Mount St. Helens, 1980
Hoblitt's Floating Island, Summer 1979
Disbelief
The Musketeers
The Bulge
Field Notes: May 17, 1980/Mindy Brugman
Swanson
Field Notes: May 18, 1980/The St. Helens Observers
The Learning Season, 1980-1989
Field Notes: August 1980/The FPP Experiment
The Volcano Lab: St. Helens After the Blast
Mammoth Lakes: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
The Volcano Zoo
After Armero
Field Notes: December 15, 1989/Redoubt, Alaska
Mount Pinatubo, 1991
Trained Decision Makers
They'll Think You're a Hero
Eruption
Field Notes: August 1991/Bezymianny
Notes
Glossary
Acknowledgments
Index
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