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."
This picture is showing
Paricutin during it's time in which it was alive.
was a rare geological event because it allowed the scientific
community to see the birth, growth, and death of a volcano.
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.
eruption that created Paricutin began in 1943 and continued until
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,
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.
The following is a picture of Paricutin
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.
ONLY IS IT CLASSIFIED AS ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD IT IS PART
OF THE RING OF FIRE!!!
Location Of Paricutin:
Latitude:19° 5′ 0″
in: Michoacan, Central Mexico, South America
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.
indicates where Paricutin can be located on a regional bases.
wonderful spectacle is classified as 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.
representation of the internal structure of a typical cinder cone.
|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.
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.
|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.
following photo is of the Paricutin lava fields.
photo gives some indication of the height of this volcano.
mars 1944. (Fra Foshag and Gonzalez-Reyna (1956))