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2006-10-11 09:40:00

In June 1912, Novarupta -- one of a chain of volcanoes on the Alaska Peninsula -- erupted in what turned out to be the largest blast of the twentieth century. It was so powerful that it drained magma from under another volcano, Mount Katmai, six miles east, causing the summit of Katmai to collapse to form a caldera half a mile deep. Novarupta also expelled three cubic miles of magma and ash into the air, which fell to cover an area of 3,000 square miles more than a foot deep. Despite the fact...

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2005-08-13 09:55:00

NASA -- When a volcano erupts, it does more than just create an ash cloud that darkens and cools a region for a few days. Instead, the most dramatic effect is actually high above us, where spewed volcanic material is not quickly washed out by rain. If the volcanic eruption is strong enough it will inject material into the stratosphere, more than 10 miles above the Earth's surface. Here, tiny particles called aerosols form when the volcano's sulfur dioxide combines with water vapor. Despite...


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Katmai National Park And Preserve
2013-03-18 11:16:47

Katmai National Park and Preserve is located in southern Alaska and holds 4,093,077 acres of protected land, of which 3,473,000 acres of land is comprised of designated wilderness. In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill that made the area into a national monument. This was done in order to protect the area around Novarupta, a new volcano at the time that erupted and formed the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Despite the areas designation as a national monument, there were not many...

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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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