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The Daily Volcano Quote: Mr Solitt’s miniature volcano 17 June 2008

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Volcanoes next came under the lecturer’s consideration. These, he said, were for the most part produced by imprisoned chemical composition which takes place below the surface of the earth. An artificial volcano might be made by mixing together 20 or 30 pounds of iron filings with as much sulphur, and making it into paste with water. This being buried in the earth would in a few hours burst forth into flames, and resemble a volcano in miniature.

‘Literary and Philosophical Society: Mr. Solitt’s last lecture’, The Hull Packet and East Riding Times, 9 February 1849, p. 3.

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