The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History
I knew of this 1816 event and wanted to learn more and eagerly sought out this book which is well researched but contains too much repetitive detail.
One of the authors has a Ph.D. in meteor...more
On April 5, 1815, Mount Tambora on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa (which is well to the east of Java) began erupting. This eruption was the largest known in the last 2000 years (page 12) and the most deadly. The eruption was about 100 times greater than the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helen's, and about 10 times greater than the 1990 eruption of Pinatubo in the Philippines (page 13).
In addition to the disastrous effects on the local inhabitants, the eruption had world-wide effects due to th...more
Mostly this book centers on the history of 1816. There’s not a lot about the actual eruption or the weather that resulted shortly afterwards, but the consequences are dealt with in detail from the mundane to the serious. Be it the gloomy days that caused Ma...more
It is awe inspiring to realize just how much ash, steam, smoke, gas and other matter a volcano can expel when it erupts. Tambora sent up 55 million tons of sulphur dioxide gas when it blew over 4/11-12/1815. Can you imagine the stink? This was the largest known volcanic eruption of the last 2,000 years exceeding both Krakat...more
Year Without Summer lost me about mid-way through - it just wasn't interesting or informativ...more
This book starts out with a lot of meteorologic stuff that isn't very interesting and a little hard to follow if you...more
While the subject matter is interesting, the authors don't do much with it, and they don't give as broad an examination as might have been useful. Whereas 'Krakatoa' examined the explosion of the volcano itself, that only occurred after a detailed treatment of the society that had grown up in Indonesia, the origins and development and gradual acceptance...more
The explosion of Mount Tambora in 1815 caused cooling temperatures around the planet and lead to a devastating agricultural and social consequences throughout the United States and Europe for the next couple years (the book does point out there were some effects in Asia as well, though the historical record is not as detailed).
I liked the book. It had a lot of different information and followed multiple characters and communities. I enjoyed the...more
Lots of historical information concerning world events in the year 1816. I liked the glimpse into the known science, politics, and personalities of the day. Oh, the joy of history is of how we approach our current world problems, with some insight of past events. The science of the day in reflection seems so backward. Will we feel the same way about how we currently invision Climate Change now and then fifty years from today? Worldwide food shortages cause men to t...more
Oh my... such a reach. I was disappointed - I had hoped for more.