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|Chasing Lava: A Geologist's Adventures at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory|
|by Wendell A. Duffield|
Kilauea---home of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. Duffield's narrative encompasses everthing from the scientific (his discovery that the movements of cooled lava on a lava lake mimic the movements of the earth's crust, providing an accessible model for understanding plate tectonics) to the humorous (his dog's discovery of a snake on the supposedely snake-free island) to the life threatening (a colleague's plunge into molten lava). This charming account of living and working at Kilauea, on of the world's most active valcanoes, is sure to be a delight.