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Parícutin Volcano Forms in Mexican Cornfield (1943) Options
Daemon
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Parícutin Volcano Forms in Mexican Cornfield (1943)

In one of the most spectacular eruptions of modern times, Parícutin burst forth from a cornfield in the Mexican state of Michoacán 1943 and grew on and off until 1952, when the eruptions finally ceased. During that time, it spewed forth over a billion tons of lava and buried the town of San Juan Parangaricutiro and the village of Parícutin, whence its name. Parícutin's formation gave scientists a rare opportunity to observe volcanic growth. When do experts expect Parícutin to next erupt? More...
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For the next eight years the volcano continued erupting, although this was dominated by relatively quiet eruptions of lava that scorched the surrounding 25 square kilometres (9.7 square miles; 6,200 acres) of land.
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A monogenetic volcanic field is a group of small monogenetic volcanoes, each of which erupts only once, as opposed to polygenetic volcanoes, which erupt repeatedly over a period of time. Many monogenetic volcanoes are cinder cones, often with lava flows, such as Parícutin in the Michoacán-Guanajuato volcanic field, which erupted from 1943 to 1952. Some monogenetic volcanoes are small lava shields, such as Rangitoto Island in the Auckland volcanic field.
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The best thing about the 1947 film, The Captain of Castile, was the amazing footage of the volcano erupting in the background shots. Michoacán looked delicious.
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