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On top of La Soufrière, an active volcano in Guadeloupe, Christian François Anténor-Habazac is a happy man. At 1467 meters above sea level, he is as high as you can get in all the Lesser Antilles. The stunning view, intermittently unveiled by the swirling fog, is of jagged green peaks and, beyond them, the red roofs of the capital town of Basse-Terre on the edge of the calm blue Caribbean Sea.

Anténor-Habazac is standing next to a crater that’s roaring like a jumbo jet and shooting out steam and poisonous hydrogen chloride. The wafting gas stings the eyes and lungs of a first-time visitor who is trying to take Anténor-Habazac’s picture, but it can’t wipe the smile off the engineer’s face. ”Don’t let your camera get too close” to the gas, he helpfully advises. ”It will wreck it.”

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

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