Africa's Davids and Goliaths

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Science  28 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5615, pp. 2024-2026
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5615.2024

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EKONA, CAMEROON-- Working on an active volcano is not for the faint-hearted, especially in Africa and other regions where a dearth of basic equipment means that field expeditions--and putting one's life on the line--are the only way to gather data. For scientists in Cameroon and Congo, the hazards of working on active volcanoes pale next to those of poverty, isolation, and violence.