Cooling the Lava Reading Guide

1. Cooling the lava...

feat -

2. His full name is...

3. To Thorbjorn's idea...

skepticism/skeptic -

inexorability -

nascent - just being born

4. There may have even been smiles...

cerebral cortex - brain, center of command

preoccupied -

blockaded -

charter purpose -

acts of God -

noxious -

fissure -

ruddy with violence -

signal battle -

5. Heimaey is pronounced...

archipelago -

outlandish -

magisterial -

craquelure - fine network of cracks

6. The cooling was at first confined...

deployment of materiel and personnel -

7. It was astonishing to see...

insulator -

8. It was soon apparent that bulldozers...

9. One time, a bulldozer caught fire...

10. Sigurdur wore oversize boots...

11. You couldn't stand still...

12. Not much below fifteen hundred degrees...