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Krakatoa By Simon Winchester

Krakatoa
by Simon Winchester

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In August 1883 there was a series of volcanic eruptions on the island of Krakatoa - these were so extreme that the effects were heard and felt over ten per cent of the Earth's surface. This text uses contemporaneous reports to recount the events leading up to and following the cataclysm.
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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester

The most terrifying and destructive volcanic cataclysm in modern recorded history took place in August 1883, when a series of incredibly powerful detonations destroyed the landmark island of Krakatoa, in the Sunda Strait, five miles off the western tip of Java. The impact of the explosions was utterly destructive in the immediate region, destorying 200 Javan villages and 40,000 people. The explosions had a dramatic effect that was felt and heard for thousands of miles, over fully ten per cent of the earth's surface - in central Australia, in East Africa, in India and in China. Ships sailing as far away as the Red Sea were covered with thick volcanic ash and immense rafts of pumice, some big enough to support trees and animals, floated in the seas clear across to Africa. Even more amazingly, the explosions were experienced around the whole world - by way of a substantial ten year burst of global warming - by the brilliance of sunsets and by the presence of fine suspended ash in the air. Using contemporaneous reports, this text recounts the events that led up to the cataclysm, as well as those occurring immediately after. Above all, Simon Winchester writes about how the Americans, English, Chinese and Dutch - and also the Javanese and Sumatrans to whom this land belonged - dealt with the unforgettable events of the day that their world exploded.

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About Simon Winchester


Simon Winchester was born and educated in England, has lived in Africa, Ireland, India and China, and now lives in US. He was a foreign correspondent for more than 30 years and now contributes to a variety of American and British newspapers. His two most recent books were the international bestsellers, The Surgeon Of Crowthorne and The Map That Changed The World.

Table of Contents


"An Island with a Pointed Mountain"; the crocodile in the canal; close encounters on the Wallace Line; the moments when the mountain moved; the unchaining of the gates of hell; a league from the last of the sun; the curious case of the terrified elephant; the paroxysm, the flood and the crack of doom; rebellion of a ruined people; the rising of the son.

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GOR001950983
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester
Simon Winchester
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Penguin Books Ltd
2003-06-05
448
0670911267
9780670911264
N/A
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