Volcano, Lava, Magma


1949

“What in the world was that?” said Philip at last. “An earthquake? Gosh, I was scared!”

“Oh, Philip! This mountain isn’t a volcano, is it?” said Lucy-Ann, gazing up at it fearfully.

“Of course not! You’d know a volcano all right if you saw one!” said Jack. “This is a perfectly ordinary mountain—and goodness knows why it should have rumbled like that, and trembled beneath us. It gave me a horrible feeling.”

“I told you I had one of my ‘feelings’ about this mountain,” said Lucy-Ann. “Didn’t I? I feel very queer about it. I want to go back to the farm-house and not stay here.”

“So do we all,” said Philip. “But we shouldn’t know the way, Lucy-Ann. It isn’t as if we’d followed a track—we left the track as you know, and part of the way we were in thick mist—we shouldn’t have the faintest idea of the way.”

“I know you’re right,” said Lucy-Ann. “But I don’t like this mountain—especially when it starts to rumble and shake! What made it?”

Nobody knew. They got up, cleared away the meal and went to splash in the little stream. The wind suddenly began to blow rather chilly, and, looking up, the children saw that big clouds were coming up from the south-west.

The Mountain of Adventure by Enid Blyton

Without complaining, Magda relinquished Rosa’s teats, first the left, then the right; both were cracked, not a sniff of milk. The duct-crevice extinct, a dead volcano, blind eye, chill hole, so Magda took the corner of the shawl and milked it instead.

“The Shawl”, a short story by Cynthia Ozick

Some people believe the painting below is inspired by the rapid industrialisation of England in the early nineteenth century.

The End of the World (1851–53) by John Martin (1789–1854)
The End of the World (1851–53) by John Martin (1789–1854)
Mirko Rački, 'City of Dis', 1906
Mirko Rački, ‘City of Dis’, 1906
Volcano of Vengeance Baffling Mysteries November 1951
Baffling Mysteries magazine cover art September 1953 “You have dared witness the lava men’s sacred rites! Now the memory shall be burned from your minds through the ritual of cleansing flame!
Troy Nesbit The Indian Mummy Mystery 1954
Troy Nesbit The Indian Mummy Mystery 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973) 1937 The Front Gate illustration for The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 – 1973) 1937 The Front Gate illustration for The Hobbit
Nicola Bayley (born 1949) 1976 illustration for 'The Tyger Voyage' by Richard Adams
Nicola Bayley (born 1949) 1976 illustration for ‘The Tyger Voyage’ by Richard Adams
Hannes Bok, pseudonym for Wayne Francis Woodard (1914 – 1964) volcano
Hannes Bok, pseudonym for Wayne Francis Woodard (1914 – 1964)
Fires of Eden by Dan Simmons volcano
Ponies of Mykillengi (1966) by Lonzo Anderson, art by Adrienne Adams
Mount Vesiuvus erupts over the city of Pompeii
volcano presumably before 1944
presumably before 1944