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Krakatoa (Volcano Week 3)

Krakatoa is probably the most famous, and deadly, of all volcanos worldwide. The eruption of August 27, 1883 was so immense that it easily tops the loudest recorded noise in human history, being heard clearly over…

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Friday, 17th October 2008

Semeru (Volcano Week 3)

Semeru is a highly active stratovolcano, and at 3676 m is the tallest mountain on the island of Java, Indonesia. Semeru has reportedly been in a state of almost continuous eruption since 1967, and was clearly…

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Friday, 17th October 2008

Taal (Volcano Week 3)

Taal Volcano is another active stratovolcano, this time on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, and at only 406 metres, it is known as the world’s smallest volcano. Actually Taal’s crater has a lake in…

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Friday, 17th October 2008

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,…

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Friday, 17th October 2008

Mount Taranaki/Egmont (Volcano Week 3)

Mount Taranaki/Egmont is another (apparently) active stratovolcano in New Zealand, but this one hasn’t done anything at all since the early 1800s when it reportedly produced “a moderate ash eruption”.1 Most interestingly from our perspective is…

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Friday, 17th October 2008

Whakaari/White Island (Volcano Week 3)

Whakaari/White Island (to give it its official title) is an active andesite stratovolcano 48 km from the east coast of the north island of New Zealand. The volcano reaches 321 m above sea level, but this…

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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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