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PARICUTIN

 

What is Paricutin?

You probably have heard of Paricutin and you just don't know it. It is better known as "The volcano that grew out of a cornfield." 

 

Paricutin in eruption, 1943

 

This picture is showing Paricutin during it's time in which it was alive.

Source:http://ve.ou.edu/weaver/votw/paricutin.htm

Paricutin was a rare geological event because it allowed the scientific community to see the birth, growth, and death of a volcano.

 

 

 

[photo]Post-eruption airplane view from the north shows the main cone and the NE-flank vent mound of Nuevo Juatita, which was the main source of lava during the last 5 years of the eruption. Photo taken by Jim Luhr in 1997. Note that vegetation is beginning to gain a foothold on the 45-year-old lava flows, particularly where fine ash and cinders accumulated in crevices.

source:http://www.mnh.si.edu/highlight/volcano/paricutin.html

The eruption that created Paricutin began in 1943 and continued until 1952.  
  • On February 20, 1943 a farmer by the name of Dionisio Pulido observed the birth of the volcano, which swelled upward and cracked to form a fissure 2-2.5 meters across. (Lurh, 1993, http://volcano.und.nodak)  
  • The type of eruption that Paricutin displayed is known as a Vulcanian type eruption.  This type of eruption is classified by the dense cloud of ash-laden gas explodes from the crater and rises high above the peak. Steaming ash forms a whitish cloud near the upper level of the cone. source:http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov

 

 

 

The following is a picture of Paricutin exploding.

source:http://www.spsu.edu/sis/penatubo.htm

INTERESTING FACTS:

Now Paricutin is classified as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World!

 

 

The following picture indicates where Paricutin is located in respects to the other 6 natural wonders of the world.

source:http://www.kaibab.org/misc/gc_7wond.htm

NOT ONLY IS IT CLASSIFIED AS ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD IT IS PART OF THE RING OF FIRE!!!

Location Of Paricutin:

Longitude:102 2′ 0″ W

Latitude:19 5′ 0″ N

Found in: Michoacan, Central Mexico, South America

 

 

ring of fireThis is a map of the ring of fire and it shows where Paricutin is in regards to the other volcanoes that make up the ring of fire.

source:http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/infopage/ringfire.htm

 

 

 

This map indicates where Paricutin can be located on a regional bases. Map, Major Volcanoes of Mexico

source:http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/Mexico/Maps/map_mexico_volcanoes.html

 

 

 

This wonderful spectacle is classified as a cinder cone volcano.

A cinder cone volcano is explained as being the simplest type of volcano.  It is explained as being blobs and pieces of hot lava that are ejected through a single vent in the middle of the volcano.  As this lava falls it turns into cinders which then pile around the volcano in a cone shape, leaving a large crater on the top of this volcano.  These volcanoes are known to be smaller than most other volcanoes. In the case of Paricutin though lava spilled out from the base of the cone building it also laterally as well as through the central vent eruption.

source: http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/volc/types.html

Schematic representation of a cinder coneSchematic representation of the internal structure of a typical cinder cone.

source: http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/volc/types.html

During the eruption in 1943, 3 people were killed but not by ash or lava but by the lightening that was associated with Paricutin's eruption. Volcanic eruptionThis This photo is not of Paricutin but is showen to give an idea of the massive amounts of lightening that was most likely associated with the Paricutin eruption in 1943.

source:http://www.ema.gov.au

Paricutin is now said to have an elevation of 10,400 feet or better known as 3,170 meters.  In it's first year Paricutin is said to have had grown to 336 meters.  Lava flows covered 10 square miles and had a volume of 0.3 cubic miles. It also wiped out the villages of San Juan and Paricutin.

source:http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/vwdocs/volc_images/img_paricutin.html

 

The following photo is of the Paricutin lava fields.

source:http://www.raphaelk.co.uk

This photo gives some indication of the height of this volcano.

source:http://www.periodicobuenviaje.com

MORE PHOTOS

http://www.ddbstock.com/paricutin1.html

VOLCAN EL PARICUTIN, UNA DE LAS 7 MARAVILLAS  NATURALES DEL MUNDOhttp://www.huandacareo.net/puroMichoacan.html

http://www.ddbstock.com/paricutin1.html

Paricutin, mars 1944. (Fra Foshag and Gonzalez-Reyna (1956))

 

Paricutin at nightParicutin at night.

http://jhearst.typepad.com/photos/pictorial/paricutin.html

 

 

 

photo of Paricutin volcanohttp://www.worldbook.com/

 

http://www.mexikoweb.com/modules/gallery/album54/paricutin_krater

 

 

http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/faculty/ritter/geog101/focus/focus_on_volcano_hazards_2.html