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"Deucalion, the Greek Noah, was warned by Prometheus that Zeus intended to drown the world, and so he set out to build the ark whereby he and his wife Pyrrha and
their families escaped. The name of Prometheus ("Forethought") indicates the warning which Deucalion received. The mountain apparently burst into a preliminary
paroxysm like Mt. Pelée in 1902, and Deucalion prepared for emergencies. These legends serve to show that the ancients held views regarding volcanoes that agree with
the contentions put forward in this work. They thought volcanoes were the saviours of mankind, and that they acted as protectors of humanity. They were afraid, when
a premonitory eruption took place, that there might be worse to follow. They regarded the volcano as the source of creation, and yet they accorded to Zeus, the
thunderbolt, the meteor, the power to do as he willed with Prometheus or Atlas, afterwards destroyed by Saturn. If this allocation of the situation of Mt. Prometheus
be correct it will be understood how violently the British Islands must have suffered in past times. The presence of a volcano brings fertility and wealth, but it also
offers a constant and dangerous menace, and it is fortunate at least for the security of the British Islands that the source of attraction has moved elsewhere, and that
any former volcano has been destroyed or driven into the earth, as, it was suggested previously, may have been the case in Lundy Island, in the volcanic remains in
Southern Wales and on Dartmoor in Devon, and in certain spots in Somerset."
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