Volcano Photo-enquiry 1 Vesuvius and Pompeii

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1How did these people die?

Vesuvi1.jpg (19310 bytes) 1.1 How do you explain these petrified bodies? What has it got to do with geography?

Just for a moment think about these people's lives. What happened? Did he feel any pain? How did they die?

Vesuvi2.jpg (34361 bytes) 1.2 How do you explain this town is both deserted and when it was found it was buried under 50 metres of rubble and ash.
Vesuvi3.jpg (18919 bytes) 1.3 This is the reason. In AD 55. The Volcano Vesuvius blew its lid. Pliny spotted it. Since then the name of this highly explosive sudden eruption is called a 'Plinian' eruption.
Vesuvi9.jpg (25483 bytes) 1.4 Today there is evidence of volcanic activity everywhere.  Let us start at the top of Vesuvius.
Vesuvi4.jpg (24935 bytes) 1.5 Today Vesuvius is dormant, smouldering and with this massive chasm at the top. This is the crater.
Vesuvi6.jpg (41489 bytes) 1.6 The cone going up to the crater shows you how big volcanic bombs can be
Vesuvi7.jpg (72355 bytes) 1.7 and how small.  This is often called lapilli.
Vesuvi8.jpg (36282 bytes) 1.8 Lava is sometime slow and sticky. The Hawaiians call it A a. [pronounced ar ar]
Vesuvi5.jpg (23427 bytes) 1.9 and other times fast and runny. This ia Pa hoe hoe [pronounced Par hoi hoi]
Vesuvi10.jpg (25841 bytes) 1.10 Today the question on everyone from Naples minds is when will it erupt again?
Vesuvi11.jpg (20580 bytes) 1.11 Will these instruments help? I don't think so.  But others might! a seismometer?
Vesuvi12.jpg (29042 bytes) 1.12 It is important to understand that this people were engulfed in seconds and died instantly from gas poisoning or heat. Their bodies then decayed and left hollows in the deposit. What you see here is a plaster cast, made by pouring plaster into the space left by a dead person.
  Thanks to David Wailes, Head of Humanities, Moorside High School, Salford for his efforts.

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This page last updated 30 March 2012



This page was last updated 30/03/12