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The Daily Volcano Quote: the volcano as a sick animal 3 June 2011

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For a vulcanologist a volcano is a kind of enormous sick animal whose fever, cough and vomitings are the only outward symptoms of its disease: among the instruments he can use to locate the inflamed part in depth is the seismograph; to a vulcanologist the seismograph is what the stethoscope is to a veterinary surgeon.

Haroun Tazieff, When the Earth Trembles (London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1964), p. 201. This English edition of Tazieff’s book was translated from the French by Patrick O’Brian, interestingly enough.

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