Book 198: Island on Fire by A. Witze and J. Kanipe


Island on Fire by Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe

Published in 2014 by Profile Books

Finished reading on January 23rd, 2016

Rating: 9/10

This book’s main topic is the 1783 eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki that caused a lot of death and destruction in Iceland and might have been a reason behind the hot foggy summer  and cold snowy winter in Europe that year.

In addition to covering Laki, you can also find out more about some of the other volcanoes in Iceland and also some other deadly volcano eruptions across the world and how they influenced the weather patterns etc.

I found the book excellent reading material – interesting details and detours and you’re not stuck in Iceland the whole book. You get quite a good idea of how volcanoes can affect climate and how climate change can cause quite difficult times everywhere.

It was interesting, but it’s also something you might not want to read right before bedtime, as there are rather scary descriptions of deformities caused by ingesting fluorine from water or food polluted by volcanic ash etc.

The book makes you see that we live on a very active planet with lots of fire mountains just waiting to cast their ash cloud over normal everyday life.


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