Mountains of Hearth assessment: What volcanoes can educate us about ourselves

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi, which erupted earlier this yr

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Mountains of Hearth
Clive Oppenheimer (Hodder & Stoughton)

IF YOU are one of many billion or so individuals who dwell inside 80 kilometres of an lively volcano, the possibilities are that you’ve got puzzled what an eruption would possibly imply for you. Volcanic eruptions might be disastrous for communities within the speedy neighborhood. Very giant ones may also be disastrous for the planet, as ash and gasoline from Earth’s innards encircle the stratosphere, cooling or, as within the case of the 2022 eruption of …

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