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Author Holmes, Melanie

Title A Hero on Mount St. Helens : The Life and Legacy of David A. Johnston / Melanie Holmes ; foreword by Jeff Renner
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2019]
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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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 16, 2019)
Subject Johnston, David A
Survival -- Washington (State) -- Saint Helens, Mount
Volcanoes -- Washington (State) -- Saint Helens, Mount
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography.
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology.
Saint Helens, Mount (Wash.) -- Eruption, 1980 -- Personal narratives
Form Electronic book
Author Renner, Jeff
ISBN 0252051343 electronic book
9780252051340 electronic book