Weeping waters : a novel based on a true story / Anne Maria Nicholson
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- Nicholson, Anne Maria, author
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- National edeposit: Onsite at National Library of Australia
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- National edeposit: Available onsite at the National Library of Australia, State Library of New South Wales
- Auckland ; New York : HarperCollins, 2010
- Sydney, NSW : HarperCollins Publishers, 2010
- 1 online resource (1 volume unpaged)
- 9780730401384 (EPUB : :)
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- 9781869506490 (paperback)
On Christmas Eve 1953, shortly after 10pm a lahar (torrent of water) gushed out of the crater of Mount Ruapehu and swept down the valley, fatally weakening a railway bridge, minutes before a packed overnight express train nose-dived into a river at tangiwai, in the centre of the North Island. Many of the 285 passengers, mostly families and young people, were asleep and 151 perished in one of the world's worst train disasters. For Maori the tragedy was inevitable. the train track should never have been built across the volcano's path . . . tangiwai means weeping waters and was known as the place of torrential flows and death. In Weeping Waters, the memories of tangiwai drive those who live there fifty years on to look for ways to tame Ruapehu, where another deadly lahar is building. Set between 1953 and the present day the novel is based on events surrounding the tangiwai disaster and the conflict that still exists. While the characters and incidents are invented, many of the 1953 survival and rescue stories are based on true events. When a young Vulcanologist comes to research early warning systems on the mountain, she finds herself in the middle of a raging debate between local landowners, iwi and government agencies. With a hidden agenda of her own she finds herself torn between two men, each on opposing sides of the argument.
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- Debris avalanches -- New Zealand -- Ruapehu, Mount -- Fiction
- Volcanoes -- New Zealand -- Fiction
- Volcanos -- New Zealand -- Fiction
- Debris avalanches
- FICTION -- General
- Ruapehu, Mount (N.Z.) -- Fiction
- Ruapehu, Mount (N.Z.) -- Eruption, 1995 -- Fiction
- New Zealand -- Mount Ruapehu
- New Zealand
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- The first ascent of Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand, and a holiday jaunt to Mounts Ruapehu, Tongariro, and Ngauruhoe / [George Beetham]
- Ruapehu from Tongariro Plain [picture]
- Skiing on the volcano : historical images of skiing on Mount Ruapehu / Karen Williams and Dave Bamford
- The volcanic region of pumice hills looking towards Tongariro and the Ruapahu [picture] / George French Angas; J.W. Giles
- N.Z. topographical map 1:25,000 / drawn and published by the Lands and Survey Dept., N.Z. under the authority of R.G. Dick, Surveyor General