Erupting El Chichon volcano, Mexico

Erupting El Chichon volcano, Mexico

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Credit: NOAA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: NOAA-7 satellite image of the area around the erupting El Chichon volcano, Yucatan, Mexico, taken on 29th March 1982, 1 day after the eruption began. An infra-red sensor onboard the satellite records the temperature distribution over the area, producing a colour-coded image. The eruption (& subsequent ones on 3rd & 4th April 1982) destroyed about 100 square kilometres of rainforest, sending a sulphur- laden plume of ash 17 kilometres into the atmosphere. During the following weeks a cloud of sulphuric acid vapour encircled the Earth, apparently affecting global weather patterns.

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Keywords: el chichon volcano, eruption from space, geology, gulf of mexico, mexico, noaa imagery, satellite image, volcano, volcanology, vulcanology, yucatan

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