Majestic Volcanoes of The World One

A volcano is a vent in the Earth’s crust from which molten rock, or magma, in the form of lava, is ejected, together with gases and ashes. As follows are some of the better known volcanoes from around the world:

Stromboli (Italy)

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Stromboli, which rises from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the north of Sicily, forms the northernmost of the Lipari Islands.  Erupting virtually without cease since the dawn of recorded history, it is among the most predictable of volcanoes.  Every 15 to 45 minutes or so, its summit lava pools emits clouds of vapor and hurls clots of incandescent lava high into the sky.  Stromboli’s eruptions are generally so mild, however, that the farms and villages of the island are rarely threatened.  The amazing regularity of its outbursts, in fact, has made the volcano a tourist attraction.  The glow of its endless eruptions reflected against the nighttime sky has earned this volcano the title “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean.”

Mount Mayon (Philippines)

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Celebrated as one of the world’s rare perfect cones, Mount Mayon of the Philippines conceals a sometimes explosive temper beneath its graceful profile. Although most often benign, the volcanic activity of the mountain has hardly ceased since the 1700s when an eruption was first recorded. The worst eruption took place in February 1814 when, following a night of earth tremors, a violent explosion sent a billow of smoke and dust high in the sky.  A scorching cloud of superheated volcanic gas swept down the south slope, and a wave of mud and lava streamed across the plain, leveling everything in its path.  More than 1,200 lives were lost, and the town of Cagsawa, located just a few miles to the south, was utterly destroyed. Today only the steeple of the church and a few rooftops project above the avalanche of volcanic material that buried the town.

Paricutín (Mexico)

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On an afternoon in February 1943, volcano Paricutín sprang into being in the middle of a Mexican cornfield.  Within 24 hours of the first eruption, the cornfield was covered by a cone of ashes 165 feet (50 meters) high.  Paricutín grew with amazing speed, that by year’s end, the volcano had grown to a height of about 900 feet (275 meters).  In the years ahead, intermittent, sometimes violent eruptions had caused lava flows to cover an area of 10 square miles (25 square kilometers), engulfing two villages and hundreds of home.  But the greatest significance of Paricutín was not the destruction it caused.  It offered scientists a rare opportunity to study the life of a volcano from its birth.

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2 Responses to “Majestic Volcanoes of The World One”
  1. Melody SJAL Says...

    On September 5, 2011 at 11:12 am

    They truly look majestic and awesome.

  2. papaleng Says...

    On September 6, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Really Majestic volcanoes.. Is Taal a majestic one? LOL

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