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From the back cover: When a covert Elasian mining operation interferes with a Federation geological expedition, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise are dispatched to the planet Rakatan to mediate between the rival parties. The Elasian Dohlman claims that the planet and its dilithium deposits are hers. But the geologists warn that if Rakatan Mons - the galaxy's largest stratovolcano - should erupt while the Elasians are mining its flanks, no amount of dilithium will save them.
While Lt. Commander Uhura and a landing party struggle to determine if the Dohlman's claim is true, Captain Kirk puts his ship on the line to keep the two sides from each other's throats. Soon, however, concerns over the planet's ownership are overshadowed by the arrival of a hostile Elasian armada and a cataclysmic volcanic explosion on the surface that threatens all parties with a deadly shower of destruction...
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- captain • dilithium • Dohlman • geologist • landing party • lieutenant commander • mining • planet • starship • stratovolcano
There are several references to Volcanoes and Vulcanologists in this novel
- Rakatan, the name of both the planet and the large volcano on the planet, is a reference to Rakata, the largest surviving piece of Krakatoa after the eruption of 1883.
- Skaftar, the name of Rakatan's moon, is a reference to the Skaftar Fires, the eruption of the Icelantic volcano Laki in 1783
- Mazama Mons, another volcano on Rakatan, is named after Mt Mazama, a volcano in Oregon, USA.
- Johnston Observatory is a reference to David A. Johnston, a USGS vulcanologist killed in the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens in the USA. Scott Mutchler's final words "Enterprise! Enterprise! This is it-" is a reference to Johnston's final words "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it-"
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