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Hero on Mount St. Helens: The Life and Legacy of David A. Johnston

by Melanie Holmes Flame and Flight
Pub Date:
06/2019
ISBN:
9780252084317
Format:
Pbk 216 pages
Price:
AU$44.99 NZ$43.47
Product Status: In Stock Now
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A geologist, a volcano, and a historic disaster


 


Serendipity placed David Johnston on Mount St. Helens when the volcano rumbled to life in March 1980. Throughout that ominous spring, Johnston was part of a team that conducted scientific research that underpinned warnings about the mountain. Those warnings saved thousands of lives when the most devastating eruption in United States history blew apart Mount St. Helens but killed Johnston on the ridge that now bears his name.


 


Melanie Holmes tells the story of Johnston's journey from a nature-loving Boy Scout to a committed geologist. Blending science with personal detail, Holmes follows Johnston through encounters with Aleutian volcanoes, his work helping the Portuguese government assess the geothermal power of the Azores, and his dream job as a volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Interviews and personal writings reveal what a friend called "the most unjaded person I ever met," an imperfect but kind, intelligent young scientist passionately in love with his life and work and determined to make a difference.
"A well-balanced and authentic view of David—where he came from, who he was, what the influences on his worldview were, and especially his sense of urgency about the unfolding situation at Mount St. Helens in spring 1980. Volcanoes are complex features; Melanie Holmes explains scientific ideas in a clear, straightforward manner that make them more accessible to a broad, non-specialist audience." - Tom Casadevall, former acting director for the U.S. Geological Survey


 


"Read this book - you will receive an excellent and understandable description of a volcanic eruption and a moving chronicle of the making of a geologist from a boy to a man." -Vicki S. McConnell, former State Geologist of Oregon
Melanie Holmes is the author of The Female Assumption, recipient of a 2014 Global Media Award from the Population Institute.