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Under the volcano: Mount Mayon and co-volcanic societies in the Philippines

Bankoff, Greg



Rich volcanic soils have long attracted human settlements which have traded the risk of eruption against the benefits of higher agricultural yields. Yet little research has been done on how societies have normalized the risks and adapted to living in proximity to volcanoes, or how those modifications, in turn, might have influenced the effects of eruptions and the consequent hazards. By looking closely at the Philippines and focusing on one region of southern Luzon around Mount Mayon, this article addresses the question of how people and volcano have "co-adapted" to living in proximity to one another over time. It also suggests that to make societies more resilient to volcanic hazards, a better understanding of this relationship is required not only to improve current disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies but even to inform everyday urban planning and civil engineering decisions.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2020
Print ISSN 0967-3407
Publisher White Horse Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2020
Issue 1
Pages 7-29
APA6 Citation Bankoff, G. (2020). Under the volcano: Mount Mayon and co-volcanic societies in the Philippines. Environment and History, 2020(1), 7-29.
Keywords Co-volcanic societies; Volcanoes; Mount Mayon; Philippines
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