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Alaska’s Big Bang — Katmai Is a Wonder

Friday, November 09 2012 10:11 Paul Lasley   OnTravel in the West / Paul Lasley
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This year marks the centennial celebration of the eruption of the Novarupta volcano — the largest of the 20th century. It erupted on June 6, 1912, creating what is now known as the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a 40-square-mile, 700-foot-deep ash flow of once vibrantly steaming cracks and fissures. The attraction led to the establishment of Katmai National Park and Preserve, a world-famous destination for brown bear viewing and fishing. John Quinley of the National Park Service talks with Paul about the eruption and the legacy of changed geography it left behind.



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