The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

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National geographic society, 1922 - Katmai, Mount - 341 pages
 

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I picked up a copy of this book at a book sale held by Suva's Carnegie Library in 1971 or 1972. It was not in good condition, but it was 'all there'. One useful aspect was that the book's 'hard' cover was flexible, much like the USN's "Blue Jacket Manual".
Vulcanologists, thanks to all the research reported in this book, knew a century ago that volcanic eruptions can cause cooling, and do help with plant fertility—that although they do many harmful things, they are a vital contributor to life on this planet.
The book was so thorough and so well illustrated—charts and maps as well as photos—that it helped secure my love of the National Geographic for another 25 years. At some point in the last decade, the book slipped out of our collection. I would love to yet have it. Despite its antique, static and grayscale presentation, it did not have the unnecessary hoopla that one finds in most NGS publications today. .
 

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Page 324 - An Act to establish a National Park Service, and for other purposes", approved August 25, 1916, 39 Stat.
Page 29 - Hence the surface was early frozen. Hence the first snows remained on it unmelted, and received continual additions. Hence perhaps the winter of 1783-4 was more severe than any that happened for many years. The cause of this universal fog is not yet ascertained. Whether it was adventitious to this earth, and merely a smoke proceeding from the consumption by fire of some of those great burning balls or globes which we happen to meet with...
Page 323 - Wilson, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the power in me vested by Section two of the act of Congress entitled. "An Act for the Preservation of American Antiquities...
Page 324 - ... the diagram hereto attached and made a part hereof, and more particularly described as follows, to wit, the southeast quarter of the southwest quarter, and lots four and five, in section fourteen, township one hundred and fifty-two north, range ninety-three west, of the fifth principal meridian. Warning is hereby given to all unauthorized persons not to appropriate or injure any natural feature of this monument or to occupy, exploit, settle, or locate upon any of the lands reserved by this proclamation.
Page 324 - In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done in the District of Columbia, this...
Page 275 - Sometimes the sound resembled that of 10,000 furnaces in full blast. Again it was like the rattling of a regiment of musketry ; sometimes it was like the roar of the ocean along a rock-bound shore; and sometimes like the booming of distant thunder. The detonations were heard along the shores of Hilo.
Page 29 - During several of the summer months of the year 1783, when the effects of the sun's rays to heat the earth in these northern regions should have been the greatest, there existed a constant fog over all Europe, and great part of North America. This fog was of a permanent nature ; it was dry, and the rays of the sun seemed to have little effect towards dissipating it, as they easily do a moist fog, arising from water.
Page 273 - I reached the awful crater, and stood alone in the light of its fires. It was a moment of unutterable interest. I seemed to be standing in the presence and before the burning throne of the eternal God ; and, while all other voices were hushed, His alone spoke.
Page 323 - An act for the preservation of American antiquities," approved June 8, 1906 (34 Stat, 225), do proclaim that there are hereby reserved from all forms of appropriation under the public-land laws, and set apart as the...
Page 29 - ... water. They were, indeed, rendered so faint in passing through it that, when collected in the focus of a burning glass, they would scarce kindle brown paper. Of course, their summer effect in heating the earth was exceedingly diminished. Hence, the surface was early frozen. Hence, the first snows remained on it unmelted, and received continual additions. Hence...

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