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eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
PublisherGeoscience Press
File size2.7 Mb
Release date 01.01.1995
Pages count427
Book rating4 (2 votes)
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I am reading books on the Seven Natural Wonders of the World for one of my goodreads groups, and I'd never heard of Paricutin until I started that challenge. I managed to get the book through MelCat, a library service in MI that lets us borrow from colleges. This large book is like a textbook, in that many of the details are very scientific, complete with numerous drawings and photographs. Some of it went over my head, but what came through very clearly was how momentous this occasion was.

Paricutin (par-EE-koo-teen) was a village 3 km NW of the new volcano, which was named in its honor. The town was evacuated 4 months after the first eruption and is now buried under lava. On February 20, 1943, Dionisio Pulido was one of the witnesses to the birth of a volcano in his cornfield. Many experts came to witness and study this phenomenon, which lasted until February 25, 1952, near the 9 year anniversary of the volcano's birth.

Paracutin is actually one of several thousand volcanic cones that are part of the Mexican Volcanic Belt (MVB). It's part of the "Ring of Fire", caused by the northeast subduction of the Cocos and Rivera Plates beneath the southern edge of North America.

This 400 page book has several pages of color photographs after p. 210. One of the most poignant pictures is of the church at the foot of the Paricutín volcano, in San Juan Parangaricutiro, Michoacán, Mexico. This town also was evacuated, leaving only the ruins of the church trapped in lava.

The last chapter introduced me to a man I want to study more fully: Dr. Atl. Born Jose Gerardo Francisco Murillo, he changed his name ("atl" means "water" in Aztec). As an artist, he helped launch the career of Diego Rivera. He was also a scientist, poet, and political activist.

"The eruption of the Paricutín volcano in 1943 gave Atl the opportunity to live on its ever changing slopes for a year and paint, draw and write to his heart's content. His landscapes took on a distinctive look, much imitated since but never seen before, characterized by bold, heavy lines, simple forms, stark colours and undeniably Mexican in style."

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