KRAKATOA SIMON WINCHESTER PDF

He paints the historical backdrop against which the great supervolcano at Krakatau exploded, and shares witness accounts and scientific explanations of the disastrous aftermath. As ever, Winchester digs up hilarious connections and details, as well as giving us a vivid picture of a time and, here, place lost forever. Simon Winchester, who wrote and read the book, weaves in the history of the Spice Islands, eventually focusing on the Dutch trading centers near Krakatoa. It was a boon to scientists, who studied the eruption and its aftermath; meteorology and geology in particular made major gains.

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He paints the historical backdrop against which the great supervolcano at Krakatau exploded, and shares witness accounts and scientific explanations of the disastrous aftermath. As ever, Winchester digs up hilarious connections and details, as well as giving us a vivid picture of a time and, here, place lost forever. Simon Winchester, who wrote and read the book, weaves in the history of the Spice Islands, eventually focusing on the Dutch trading centers near Krakatoa.

It was a boon to scientists, who studied the eruption and its aftermath; meteorology and geology in particular made major gains. The art world was also influenced as sunsets were particularly vivid for a long time afterwards and were a subject for many painters, one of whom created hundreds of images each evening, creating a sort of time lapse record of what the skies looked like.

The Royal Geological Society in England got into the act, inviting people from around the world to write to them with information about their experience of the event, which resulted in thousands of letter, all of which were recorded and catalogued. All in all, it provided a fascinating view of the specific event and the world in Highly recommended.

It was interesting to learn about life before and after the explosion. A very detailed and scholarly account of an event that impacted the world. There is also a choice and generous selection of illustrations, and an enormous pile of informative asides buried in the footnotes.

You come away from the book with a much better understanding of what happened. I kept telling my family about plate tectonics and the effects of the eruption. His description of the eruption itself, though, which is what drew me to the book in the first place, was riveting.

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Jun 12, Silvana rated it it was ok Recommends it for: those who have lots of reading time Shelves: the-olden-days , nonfiction , reading-with-friends Wow. This has got to be the most out of topic OOT book Ive ever read. It saddens me to only award it two stars. Some of my friends rated it five stars, after all Heres a glimpse of my train of thoughts while reading this book. Youll see why.

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