A fascinating study of the links between meteorology and volcanism. In 1815 Mt. Tambora in Indonesia exploded, sending a massive ash cloud into the stratosphere. By 1816 the cloud had reached the northern hemisphere, dropping temperatures by several degrees. For people in that year it was a time of lingering winter, soggy summers, with crop failures and mass migrations resulting from starvation for many. The authors explore how the cooling weather not just affected food, but also politics, religion and literature. Well written and clear enough for the non-scientific reader. Four stars overall and recommended.
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