Parícutin (Volcano Week 3)

Parícutin is a very young cinder cone volcano in Mexico, and like most cinder cones it will never erupt again – but the story of its creation is a truly fascinating one. On February 20, 1943, a local farmer by the name of Dionisio Pulido witnessed a fissure appearing in his cornfield, which immediately began to spew forth ash and stones. Astonishingly within just one year the fissure had grown into a 336 m tall volcano! Over the course of the next 8 years the volcano grew to a final height of 424 m and simultaneously buried 25…

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