The caldera of Mt Tambora on Sumbawa Island, Indon

The caldera of Mt Tambora on Sumbawa Island, Indon

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Caption: The caldera of Mt Tambora on Sumbawa Island, Indonesia, as seen from the space shuttle. The caldera is 6km wide and 650 metres deep and was formed in 1815 as a result of a huge volcanic explosion. Gases from the eruption were ejected high into Earth's atmosphere & transported around the globe, producing an abnormally cold summer in 1816, "the year without a summer". The photograph was taken from the space shuttle Discovery during the STS-26 mission in September- October 1988.

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Keywords: caldera, from space, geology, indonesia, shuttle imagery, sts-26 earth imagery, sumbawa island, tambora volcano, volcanic, volcano

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