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Plume from Karymsky Volcano
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Plume from Karymsky Volcano

December 9, 2006

The Karymsky Volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia released a faint plume on November 29, 2006. The MODIS flying onboard NASA's Terra satellite took this picture as the plume blew eastward over the ocean. East of the plume, brighter white clouds dotted the sky.

Karymsky is the most active volcano in the eastern volcanic zone of Kamchatka. It is a stratovolcano composed of alternating layers of hardened ash, lava, and rock. In historical times, its eruptions have largely consisted of explosive ejections of burning fragments and/or sticky lava.