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Island of Fire The Natural Spectacle of the Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat


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The eruption of the Soufrière Hills Volcano, which began in 1995, is one of the most dramatic volcanic events of recent decades. Large parts of the island of Montserrat have been rendered uninhabitable by persistent inundation by volcanic debris; entire villages have been buried or flattened by violent avalanches; and most of the country’s population have been displaced. The tragedy that has befallen Montserrat is testament to the forces of nature involved in a volcanic eruption. Over the past two decades, the volcano has shown a wide variety of geological phenomena – some of which had never been witnessed anywhere else or on such a large scale within historical times. In this volume, staff and colleagues of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory have gathered a collection of images that depict the volcanic eruption. Extended captions, written by the scientific team, are provided to give additional insight into the processes and dynamics of this spectacular eruption.


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Island of Fire


The Natural Spectacle of the Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat


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