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A Hero on Mount St. Helens : The Life and Legacy of David A. Johnston

Author: Melanie Holmes; Jeff Renner
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Serendipity placed David Johnston on Mount St. Helens when the volcano rumbled to life in March 1980. Throughout that ominous spring, Johnston was part of a team that conducted scientific research that underpinned warnings about the mountain. Those warnings saved thousands of lives when the most devastating eruption in U.S. history blew apart Mount St. Helens, but killed Johnston on the ridge that now bears his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Personal narratives
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)1057785845
Named Person: David A Johnston
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Melanie Holmes; Jeff Renner
ISBN: 9780252051340 0252051343
OCLC Number: 1100767589
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication Page; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part One: The Wonder Years; 1. Tornado!; 2. The Johnston Family; 3. Youngest and Smallest; Part Two: Coming of Age; 4. College Years and Shifting Gears; 5. Stage Fright; 6. Dream Job; Part Three: Fire Mountain; 7. Folklore and History of Mount St. Helens; 8. The Awakening; 9. May 18, 1980; 10. Aftermath; 11. Recovery; Part Four: Legacy Takes Many Forms; 12. Volcanology's Giant Leap; 13. Twenty-First Century and Beyond; 14. Memorials with Roots; Epilogue; Author's Note; Notes; Index
Responsibility: Melanie Holmes ; foreword by Jeff Renner.

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Serendipity placed David Johnston on Mount St. Helens when the volcano rumbled to life in March 1980. Throughout that ominous spring, Johnston was part of a team that conducted scientific research that underpinned warnings about the mountain. Those warnings saved thousands of lives when the most devastating eruption in U.S. history blew apart Mount St. Helens, but killed Johnston on the ridge that now bears his name. Melanie Holmes tells the story of Johnston's journey from a nature-loving Boy Scout to a committed geologist. Blending science with personal detail, Holmes follows Johnston through encounters with Aleutian volcanoes, his work helping the Portuguese government assess the geothermal power of the Azores, and his dream job as a volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Interviews and personal writings reveal what a friend called "the most unjaded person I ever met," an imperfect but kind, intelligent young scientist passionately in love with his life and work and determined to make a difference.

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"Filled with tender mercies that show the heart and humanism of those whose passion sends them into peril in the name of science." --Daily Southtown "This wonderful book has several subjects; Read more...

 
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