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The Sciences

Ask the Authors of "Island on Fire" Your Laki Eruption Questions

Rocky PlanetBy Erik KlemettiJanuary 12, 2015 10:52 PM
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Island on Fire, by Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe. It has been awhile since I ran an Q&A on Eruptions, but no time like the present to start again. This month, Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe's excellent book on the 1783 Laki eruption in Iceland called Island on Fire gets its US release. The book tells the geologic and historical tale of the largest eruption (by volume, almost 15 cubic kilometers of lava) in the last few thousand years along with the multitude of potential effects the eruption had on global climate. With the current eruption at Holuhraun still going (now ranking as the largest in Iceland over the past 200 years at 1.15 cubic kilometers of lava), it seems even more relevant today to talk about these giant lava flows in Iceland. So, if you have any questions about the Laki eruptions and its effects, leave them as a comment here by January 15 and I will send them to Alex and Jeff. They will tackle the questions and you can check back soon to read their answers.

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