The Last Volcano: A Man, a Romance, and the Quest to Understand Nature's Most Magnificant Fury

The Last Volcano A Man a Romance and the Quest to Understand Nature s Most Magnificant Fury Volcanoes have fascinated and terrified people for ages They have destroyed cities and ended civilizations John Dvorak the acclaimed author of Earthquake Storms looks into the early years of volcano

Volcanoes have fascinated and terrified people for ages They have destroyed cities and ended civilizations John Dvorak, the acclaimed author of Earthquake Storms, looks into the early years of volcanology and its father, Thomas Jaggar Jaggar was the youngest of five scientists to investigate the explosion of Mount Pelee in Martinique, which leveled the entire city ofVolcanoes have fascinated and terrified people for ages They have destroyed cities and ended civilizations John Dvorak, the acclaimed author of Earthquake Storms, looks into the early years of volcanology and its father, Thomas Jaggar Jaggar was the youngest of five scientists to investigate the explosion of Mount Pelee in Martinique, which leveled the entire city of St Pierre and killed its entire population in two minutes This explosion changed science forever, and Jaggar became obsessed with understanding the force of nature that could do this.A colorful cast of scientists wind their way through The Last Volcano, including an escaped slave who became the leading volcanic guide in Hawaii But the focus is on Jaggar, who was so fixated on volcanology that he moved to a small house overlooking the lava lake of Kilauea, much to the derision of the scientific community.Falling in love a widowed schoolteacher who shared his passion, Jaggar devoted his life to studying volcanic activity and the mysteries beneath the earth s surface From their precarious perch, this dynamic husband and wife duo would discover a way to predict volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, promote geothermal energy, and theorize new ways to study the ocean bottom.

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  1. I did not enjoy this book as much as Dvorak s book on earthquakes Getting invested in the biography of Thomas Jagger was really difficult When writing about earthquakes, the wonderful biographies of each researcher filled the pages Sandwiched in between the exciting bios were fantastic facts about Earth s dynamic crust This book provided too many boring details about Jagger If his tent flap blew in the wind, Dvorak wrote about it, even though it didn t enrich the story or foreshadow anything It [...]


  2. It s not until p.282 that Dvorak notes that several publishers declined to publish Jaggar s memoirs I concur with their verdict and probably should have abandoned the book when Jaggar abandoned his wife The book concludes with a poignant story of a daughter who never knew her father or whether he loved her But he clearly loved volcanoes.


  3. I got super lucky with this book It wasn t on any of my to read lists, I d heard nothing about it, and I just happened to stumble across it last minute at the library and thought I d page through it if nothing else I m so glad I found it Having a degree in geology and having focused on volcanology quite a bit, I thought I had a pretty good idea of who the main players were in the history of the science Imagine my surprise when I found out I d never heard of someone who played a rather pivotal ro [...]


  4. Given the title and description of the book, I was hoping this would read like a story about a man obsessed with volcanoes Instead, it was like going through a timeline of events, many of which involved a man who devoted his life to volcanoes There were some tangents about other people and events that were interesting, but not what I was looking for I listened to this on audio book and kind of lost interesting during the last two chapters There was a lot of information about a bunch of histori [...]


  5. I certainly learned some interesting information about volcanoes from this book and defnitely about Thomas Jagger, who founded the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory I was actually amazed that people seem to get so close to active volcanoes I also learned about the deadly volcanic eruption of Mt Pelee in 1902 and wondered why, when Vesuvius gets so much attention for an eruption of 2000 years ago, Mr Pelee gets virtually no attention for its eruption of 100 years ago I do need to explore this a little [...]


  6. This was mostly informative highly entertaining Dvorak does a highly decent job of weaving natural personal histories to create an engaging romp.


  7. Thomas Jagger is a facinating man This story tells of his adventures in amazing places His love of nature shines through.


  8. I really enjoyed this biography of Thomas Jagger, a man I had never heard of before reading this book, but who lived during the latter part of the 19th Century and the first half of the 20th and really helped develop the field of volcanology John Dvorak spent many years working as a scientist at the Hawai i Volcano Observation station where much of this book takes place and still lives on the island, now as an astronomer In this book, we get a sense of what led him into the field, what the state [...]


  9. I really enjoyed the subject of this book and the idea of it The real people in this bio were really brought to life I realize how difficult it must be to get accurate information on the lives of fairly regular people who lived over a hundred years ago I also enjoyed the information on the volcanoes To have been a pioneer in this field meant a life filled with danger and self sacrifice My only negatives were that I found it hard to follow the story when the time lines kept jumping around so much [...]


  10. This was in audio form and it was easy to listen to The subject matter of the book was not of great general interest to me but I am glad I listened to it I have been trying to read listen to books of different genres and subject matters and this story about the man who was so involved in studying volcanoes was quite intriguing I am also glad there are authors in our day who are interested in doing research for those who were pioneers We do not hear some names of those pioneers often enough and w [...]


  11. This book is centered around the life and work of Thomas Jaggar who was fascinated by volcanoes and traveled around the world to see various active and inactive volcanoes He spent most of his time living in Hawaii and studying changes in the Kilauea volcano where he established a volcano observatory He observed many eruptions and studied the flow of lava and gases emitted by volcanoes The work of Thomas Jaggar laid the foundation for the study of volcanoes.Overall, the book was pretty interestin [...]


  12. An interesting short read I feel like the book could have really benefited from some color photographs of the lava lake and other volcanoes described I found myself googling extensively while reading because I could not picture the geological features described.Also one of the best parts of the book comes at the very end of the acknowledgements section If you became even slightly invested in Thomas Jagger s life it is definitely worth reading the little story at the end about his daughter and pa [...]


  13. As a naure boy, I loved this book Besides studies and descriptions of volcanos and other geological features, its also history, science, travel and human behavior Thomas Jagger has lived and worked in places that are dear to me Yellowstone, Alaska and of course Hawaii I recommend this book to anyone even if you are not a nature lover.


  14. A very well written biography of a man who should be better known outside of geological circles I didn t know he invented one of the first amphibious vehicles It takes a great amount of guts and passion for the work to live within spitting distance of a volcano, let alone climb into them countless times Wow People like him are the reason we know so much about the Earth today.


  15. Meh.I really thought this book would be exciting than it was The beginning was good, but then all the drama with Jagger kinda lost me Plus, I didn t like Jagger as a person He might have been smart, but we would not have been friends I m much into the weather science than volcanology, which also might have been a drawback.Not my favorite.


  16. This was an interesting book about a life of studying volcanos so it s about his romantic life But mostly it s about the volcanos of Hawaii I have been to that park so this book was fun to read


  17. This is an engaging historical geographical and biographical book that teaches and entertains It brings you to the very edge of molten lava and let s the listener reader experience the volcano close up Wonderful book, could be a sleeper I loved it


  18. I absolutely loved this book It is a treasure trove of interesting info about volcanoes and a man who devoted his life to studying them He had so much courage to do what he did It was very dangerous work indeed.




  19. The subject is fascinating, but the editing is terrible This book is full of autocorrect errors and grammatical problems.


  20. Mt Pelee has been on my bucket list for years Naturally, reading about it was the highlight of this read for me A masterfully researched story


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