The Eruption That Changed the WorldBook - 2014
Discusses the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815, which caused catastrophic changes to Earth's weather and climate, and examines the social and political effects of the damage, including a worldwide cholera epidemic and economic depressions.
Princeton University Press
When Indonesia's Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, it unleashed the most destructive wave of extreme weather the world has witnessed in thousands of years. The volcano’s massive sulfate dust cloud enveloped the Earth, cooling temperatures and disrupting major weather systems for more than three years. Communities worldwide endured famine, disease, and civil unrest on a catastrophic scale.
Here, Gillen D’Arcy Wood traces Tambora’s global and historical reach: how the volcano’s three-year climate change regime initiated the first worldwide cholera pandemic, expanded opium markets in China, and plunged the United States into its first economic depression. Bringing the history of this planetary emergency to life, Tambora sheds light on the fragile interdependence of climate and human societies to offer a cautionary tale about the potential tragic impacts of drastic climate change in our own century.
Though largely forgotten to history, the 1815 eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora resulted in some of the most destructive weather that the world had experienced in thousands of years. For the next three years the Earth was covered in a sulfate dust and had to deal with cooling temperatures that led to heavy storms, droughts, and floods. The extreme weather had cultural consequences; in addition to famine and civil unrest, the eruption led to a worldwide cholera pandemic, an expansion in China’s opium trade, and economic depression in the United States. Wood traces these events and more in this gripping story. As the world faces a new era of extreme weather brought on by global climate change, this book is particularly relevant as a cautionary tale of the delicate balance between human societies and the Earth’s climate. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)