A trip to Pompeii- Vesuvius

A story of a vocano that you will never forget

Vesuvius's Unforgetable Story

When the people of Pompeii saw Mount Vesuvius erupting, they had no clue what was going on. Back then, they had no clue that Vesuvius was a volcano. The sudden explosion was a complete surprise! Many people tried to escape Pompeii, but were bombarded by ash from the eruption. Very few people actually got away. A young man vacationing on a nearby island witnessed the volcano‘s explosion. He wrote about what he saw, but we never believed him until the eruption of Mount Helens. It is a very sad story, but we can learn a lot from it.

Information about Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius has many amazing facts. Mount Vesuvius is a Complex Stratovolcano. "Stratovolcanoes, or composite volcanoes, are similar to cinder cone volcanoes in terms of their shape, but that is one of their few similarities. These volcanoes have gentle lower slopes but much steeper upper slopes, creating an upwardly concave cone and generally have many distinct vents. The summit crater of these volcanoes is usually relatively small." (http://www.basicplanet.com/stratovolcano/) Mount Vesuvius formed on an African-Eurasian Plate convergent boundary. Mount Vesuvius formed when the African plate subducted below the Eurasian plate. Mount Vesuvius is still an active volcano.That means that it can still erupt. The parts of Vesuvius are the ash, dome, vent, sill, buried dome, crater, aerial bombs, flank eruption, fissure flows, lava, conduit, and magma chambers. As you can see, there many cool things about Mount Vesuvius!

More about Vesuvius- How Pompeii was discovered

Many years after the eruption, a few people came to Pompeii, still covered by a heap of ash. When they started to dig, searching for gold, they came across stone. They used a scanner and found hollow bits in the ash. They sent tubes down to the holes and filled them with plaster. When they pulled the molds up, they found bodies! Since then, Pompeii has been a place for us to unlock the past and discover how people lived.
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