Surviving Galeras

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Houghton Mifflin, 2001 - 270 pagine
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Through a harrowing first-person account of an eruption and its aftermath, SURVIVING GALERAS reveals the fascinating, high-risk realm of volcanology and explores the profound impact volcanoes have had on the earth's landscapes and civilizations.
In 1993, Stanley Williams, an eminent volcanologist, was standing on top of a Colombian volcano called Galeras when it erupted, killing six of his colleagues instantly. As Williams tried to escape the blast, he was pelted with white-hot projectiles traveling faster than bullets. Within seconds he was cut down, his skull fractured, his right leg almost severed, his backpack aflame. Williams lay helpless and near death on Galeras's flank until two brave women -- friends and fellow volcanologists -- mounted an astonishing rescue effort to carry him safely off the mountain.
The tale of how Williams survived Galeras is the framework for a groundbreaking book about volcanoes, their physical and cultural impact, and the tiny cadre of scientists who risk their own lives to gain knowledge that might one day save many others' lives.
Volcanoes unleash supremely powerful, unpredictable forces, and we have paid dearly for our understanding of their behavior. Even with ever more sensitive measuring tools and protective equipment, at least one volcanologist, on average, dies each year. Yet Williams and his fellow scientist-adventurers continue to unveil the enigmatic and miraculous workings of volcanoes and to piece together methods for predicting their actions. Volcanologists often put themselves in peril, not only because the discipline attracts risk-takers but because they know that volcanoes threaten as many as 500 million people worldwide. For Seattle, Tokyo, Mexico City, Naples -- and for volcanologists -- the clock is ticking.

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Recensione dell'utente  - JC - Goodreads

Ever wanted to know what it was like to be trapped on a volcano while it was erupting and manage to get out alive? UPDATE: 04-11-15 So According to No Apparent Danger Stanley Williams is not a very ... Leggi recensione completa

Review: Surviving Galeras

Recensione dell'utente  - Maria Mlynarska - Goodreads

Account of the Jan 1993 eruption on the Galeras volcano in Columbia that took 9 lives written by one of the survivors. The author describes the event itself and the impact it had on all involved and ... Leggi recensione completa

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STANLEY WILLIAMS, a professor of volcanology at Arizona State University, received his Ph.D. in geology from Dartmouth in 1983. In more than two decades of research, he has worked on dozens of volcanoes on five continents. In 1993, during a conference in Pasto, Colombia, on the threat posed by nearby Galeras, he led fifteen scientists into the dormant volcano's crater to check its vital signs - gas emissions, minute gravity changes, and the like. Galeras's sudden eruption killed several of his colleagues and nearly cost Williams his life. In the wake of the eruption, Williams has requently appeared in national media to discuss his own harrowing experiences and volcanoes in general.

Fen Montaigne is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in "The New Yorker, National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian, "and "The Wall Street Journal". A former Moscow bureau chief of "The Philadelphia Inquirer", he is the author of "Reeling in Russia" and has co-authored two other books. For his work on "Fraser's Penguins", Montaigne was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006. He now works as senior editor of the online magazine "Yale Environment 360".

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