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Re: Liaoning volcanic activity

For a historical perspective based upon an eyewitness account, see, for
example, the letters of Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus (AD 62- 113),
"Pliny the Younger," who saw his uncle, "Pliny the Elder" (AD 23 - August
25, 79), die during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. He himself barely escaped.

The primates (i.e., Romans) living around the mountain at the time seem to
have been oblivious to the impending danger, and thousands perished.

-= Tuck =-

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dino Guy Ralph" <dinoguy@sbcglobal.net>
To: <vrtpaleo@usc.edu>; <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2003 4:55 PM
Subject: Liaoning volcanic activity

> Please pardon the cross posting.
> Could someone please tell me -- based on the geology of the Yixian
> Formation -- what would the volcanic eruptions of the time have looked
> like?  About all I know is that the frequent eruptions produced fine ash
> that helped preserve feathers and other fine details of a great
> diversity of living things.
> Would smoke slowly rise from the volcano prior to eruption?
> Would there be any other clues that an eruption was imminent?
> Would poison gases issue from the volcano?
> What exactly would be the cause of death for the local organisms?
> Would one see a single volcano or many?
> Would the volcano erupt like Mt. St. Helens?
> Would it shake the earth?
> Would fire or molten rock shoot from the volcanoes?
> Would lake water or rain be a necessary factor in preserving fossils
> there?
> How is the depositional environment here than at other fossil sites that
> show evidence of vulcanism?  What makes this place so special?
> What would it be like if you were there when a volcano went off?
> Thank you!
> --------Ralph W. Miller III
>             ralph.miller@alumni.usc.edu