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Mountains of Fire review: What volcanoes can teach us about ourselves



Indonesia’s Mount Merapi, which erupted earlier this year

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Mountains of Fire
Clive Oppenheimer (Hodder & Stoughton)

IF YOU are one of the billion or so people who live within 80 kilometres of an active volcano, the chances are that you have wondered what an eruption might mean for you. Volcanic eruptions can be disastrous for communities in the immediate vicinity. Very large ones can also be disastrous for the planet, as ash and gas from Earth’s innards encircle the stratosphere, cooling or, as in the case of the 2022 eruption of …

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