Krakatoa

Author: Simon Winchester
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141926236
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Simon Winchester's brilliant chronicle of the destruction of the Indonesian island of Krakatoa in 1883 charts the birth of our modern world. He tells the story of the unrecognized genius who beat Darwin to the discovery of evolution; of Samuel Morse, his code and how rubber allowed the world to talk; of Alfred Wegener, the crack-pot German explorer and father of geology. In breathtaking detail he describes how one island and its inhabitants were blasted out of existence and how colonial society was turned upside-down in a cataclysm whose echoes are still felt to this day.

Krakatoa

Author: Simon Winchester
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062277464
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Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman, examines the legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa, which was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. Barometers in Bogotá and Washington, D.C., went haywire. Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. The sound of the island's destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away. Most significant of all -- in view of today's new political climate -- the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims, one of the first outbreaks of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere. Krakatoa gives us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Krakatoa

Author: Simon Winchester
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141005173
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In August 1883 there was a series of volcanic eruptions on the island of Krakatoa - these were so extreme that the effects were heard and felt over ten per cent of the Earth's surface. This text uses contemporary reports to recount the events leading up to and following the cataclysm.

The Day The World Exploded

Author: Simon Winchester
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061239828
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Presents the story of the volcanic eruptions that took place on the island of Krakatoa in 1883, killing thousands of people, destroying the island, and effecting the entire world through the expulsion of smoke and ash in the air.

Krakatau

Author: Ian W. B. Thornton
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674505728
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After the eruption, Krakatau provided a unique opportunity to study the colonization of a sterile area by plants and animals across a sea barrier and the gradual incorporation of the newcomers into the developing ecosystem. Krakatau is a comprehensive account of the reassembly of a tropical forest ecosystem over the past century. Ian Thornton tackles the many questions and controversies surrounding the eruption and its aftermath. He writes, "The natural healing process has followed the most extreme form of ecological destruction possible, total biological extirpation. Yet the islands surviving the 1883 eruption are covered in secondary forest, and over 200 species of plants, 70 species of vertebrates, and thousands of invertebrate species now inhabit these forests." Krakatau will be essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand not just the rebirth of Krakatau but also the resilient nature of life everywhere.

Krakatoa Lighthouse

Author: Allan Baillie
Publisher: Penguin Group Australia
ISBN: 1742285120
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Suddenly there was a trench across the beach, about ten meters away from the fishermen, where before there had been nothing but flat sand. The fishermen moved quickly away as the trench heaved grey ash across the sand. They sprinted when it hurled black rocks at them. Kerta didn't want to go to Krakatoa. He knows that a dark spirit, Orang Aljeh, is there and he is terrified he might wake it. But Kerta is there on the volcano, and the Ghost of Krakatoa has woken up. A powerful story of survival and loss based on the real-life events of the Krakatoa eruption in 1883. Winner of the 2010 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award Patricia Wrightson Prize 'This book is a marvel of precision and economy, stuffed to the gunnels with ideas, and brimming over with a dark energy...a masterclass in how to write...Krakatoa Lighthouse is that rare find: an exciting, moving story that keeps opening the doors to larger questions. Baillie puts the reader right there in the moment with stunningly accurate detail...yet we never feel the dead hand of history overwhelming us.' From the 2010 NSW Premier's Literary Award Judges' Report

Krakatoa

Author: Don Nardo
Publisher: San Diego, Calif. : Lucent Books
ISBN: 9781560060116
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Explores the eruption of Krakatoa in its cultural, historical, and geographic contexts and discusses the effect on both people and environment.

The Twenty One Balloons

Author: William Pene Du Bois
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781435208216
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Relates the incredible adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman who in 1883 sets off in a balloon across the Pacific, survives the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa, and is eventually picked up in the Atlantic.