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Deposits from an explosive eruption

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Description of Deposits from an Explosive Eruption AMNH/R.Mickens

Exhibition Text

This welded ashflow tuff is from one of the few explosively erupted pyroclastic flows at Medicine Lake volcano. The eruption occurred about 130,000 years ago, at a time when the volcano was surrounded by glaciers, and initiated extensive melting and flooding. The chocolate brown tuff is composed of andesitic ash, and the dark lumps peppered throughout are glassy fragments of dacite.

AMNH collection

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Volcanoes

Keywords: Medicine Lake (Cal.), Volcanic ash, tuff, etc., Volcanism, Volcanic eruptions

Audience: General