Krakatoa: the day the world exploded, August 27, 1883

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The bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world-changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth's most dangerous volcano -- Krakatoa.

The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa -- the name has since become a byword for a cataclysmic disaster -- was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event that has only very recently been properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round die planet for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid with lurid and unsettling displays of light. 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.

Simon Winchester's long experience in the world wandering as well as his knowledge of history and geology give us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event as he brings it telling back to life.

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Eruption of Krakatoa (Indonesia : 1883)
History
Indonesia
Indonesia -- Krakatoa
Krakatoa (Indonesia) -- Eruption, 1883
Krakatoa (Indonesia) -- History
Krakatoa (Indons?ie ; volcan) -- ruption (1883)
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Literature
Sound recordings
Volcanoes
Volcanoes -- Indonesia
Volcanoes -- Indonesia -- History
Volcanoes -- Indonesia -- History -- 19th century
Volcanoes -- Indonesia -- History -- Juvenile literature
Volcans -- Indons?ie -- Histoire
Vulcões -- Indonésia
title_displayKrakatoa : the day the world exploded, August 27, 1883
title_fullKrakatoa : [the day the world exploded, August 27, 1883] [electronic resource] / Simon Winchester
Krakatoa : the day the world exploded, August 27, 1883 / Simon Winchester
Krakatoa [sound recording] : [the day the world exploded, August 27, 1883] / Simon Winchester
title_shortKrakatoa
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Krakatoa (Indons?ie ; volcan)
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