Chasing Lava

Chasing Lava

A Geologist's Adventures at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Book - 2003
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In 1969, as Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, a young geologist known as Duff was preparing to set foot on a rocky landscape of another sort: Kilauea Volcano and her sister volcanoes on the island of Hawaii. Duff headed off to the Big Island in the company of his wife and their emerald-eyed cat, Mingo, for a three-year sojourn at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.Volcanologists and general readers alike will enjoy author Wendell Duffield's report from Kilauea -- home of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. Duff'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).
Publisher: Missoula, Mont. : Mountain Press Pub. Co., 2003
ISBN: 9780878424627
Branch Call Number: 551.21099 DUFFIELD
Characteristics: vii, 171 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm


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