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Volcano Week at Atlas Obscura 22 April 2010

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Atlas Obscura is a great travel site, ‘a compendium of this age’s wonders, curiosities and esoterica’, and in honour of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption it is currently running Volcano Week, bringing together lots of volcano-related content and imagery.

What is nice about Atlas Obscura’s Volcano Week is that the site is featuring not only volcanoes themselves (Erebus, Erta Ale, Toba, Mauna Kea and more) but an intriguing range of landscape features and monuments with a sometimes offbeat volcanic connection: thus we have Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe, a medieval chapel on a peak formed of the eroded core of an ancient volcano in France; Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral, constructed entirely from local dark volcanic rock (it’s Volvic trachyandesite); sulphur mining at Kawah Ijen in the Ijen Volcanic Complex in eastern Java; the fulgurites of Mt Thielsen in the Oregon High Cascades; and the scarily toxic Laguna del Diamante in Argentina, home to a flock of singularly tough flamingoes. There’s much more – take a look.

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