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- DescriptionWesterners--from early missionaries to explorers to present-day artists, scientists, and tourists--have always found volcaes fascinating and disturbing. Native Hawaiians, in contrast, revere volcaes as a source of spiritual energy and see the volca goddess Pele as part of the natural cycle of a continuously procreative cosmos. Volcaes hold a special place in our curiosity about nature. The Burning Island is an intimate, multilayered portrait of the Hawaiian volca region--a land marked by a precarious tension between the harsh reality of constant geologic change, respect for mythological traditions, and the pressures of ecomic exploitation. Pamela Frierson treks up Mauna Loa, the world's largest active volca, and Kilauea to explore how volcaes work, as well as how their powerful and destructive forces reshape land, cultures, and history. Her adventures reveal surprising archeological ruins, threatened rainforest ecosystems, and questionable real estate development of the islands. Now a classic of nature writing, Frierson's narrative sets the stage for a larger exploration of our need to take great care in respecting and preserving nature and tradition while balancing our ever-expanding sense of discovery and use of the land.
- Author BiographyPamela Frierson is the author of The Burning Island: Myth and History in Volcano Country and numerous articles and essays about the Pacific world. Raised in Hawai'i, she lived for many years in the American West, working as a country schoolteacher in Montana, a backwoods homesteader in Idaho, an apple grower near California's Eel River, and one of the founders of the innovative quarterly Place. She currently lives on the slopes of Mauna Kea Volcano, growing tropical fruit and working as a writer, photographer, and educator.
- Author(s)Pamela Frierson
- PublisherTrinity University Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication15/05/2012
- SubjectNatural History: General
- Place of PublicationSan Antonio
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTrinity University Press,U.S.
- Content Note25 B&W photos, B&W illustrations
- Weight399 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition StatementFirst Trade Paper Edition
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