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The Volcano That Rewrote History
Daily Beast, by William O´Connor

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 5/6/2014 5:45:22 AM

If you think this winter was unseasonably long and cold, you’re playing history’s tiniest violin. Instead, with a year without summer, famines on multiples continents, an explosion in the Chinese opium trade, the global scourge of cholera, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a golden age of Arctic exploration, and modern meteorology on its résumé, that distinction belongs to Tambora and its eruption in 1815 on the island of Sumbawa in Indonesia. That story, and its portentous lessons on the consequences of global climate disturbances, is told with particular élan and a flair for the dramatic in Gillen D’Arcy Wood’s Tambora: The Eruption That Changed

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dudette4freedom, 5/6/2014 6:16:17 AM     (No. 9838011)

Interesting read..puts things in perspective for sure. All the doom and gloom sayers will be mute when they read this, or read about the levels of violence in the 1930´s compared to today. The facts of history need to be studied for intelligent action today.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chicodon, 5/6/2014 7:09:04 AM     (No. 9838040)

Is it coincidence that the left is blaming volcanic activity for the lack of global warming? I think not.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: eiobx, 5/6/2014 1:12:45 PM     (No. 9838524)

We all know that volcanoes are erupting because of fracking.... s/o

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