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The Daily Volcano Quote: after Pelée, 1902 30 September 2010

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I looked towards the gray old volcano, whose summit was shrouded, but the lower slopes were sunlit and silent and powdery; the whole landscape is powdery, like old statuary with a dust coating that makes stronger the modeling of the city; mountain slope and cliff are bare, the verdure of the Carbet hillside ends abruptly along a sharp line, and there begins the new volcanic landscape, clean chiselled, rocky, weird, gray, uniform, without any color, without any motion except steam jets on Pelée’s slopes.

Thomas Augustus Jaggar, ‘Field notes of a geologist in Martinique and St. Vincent’, Popular Science Monthly, August 1902, pp. 356-7. Thomas Jaggar (1871-1953), a great volcanologist and founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, shows himself to have an artist’s eye as he surveys the desolate landscape of Martinique’s capital St Pierre following the eruption of Mt Pelée in May 1902.

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