Dante's Peak


After seeing the movie, I have to say that its presentation and delivery was more than satisfactory. Its story, however, is nothing new specially here in the volcano-infested Philippine archipelago. is a good adventure/"natural catastrophe" movie that can make the viewers get a feel for how geologists work. . .
The Movie is set in the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest, U.S.A. is, of course, not a real Cascade volcano, and although Idaho is adjacent to states with Cascade Volcanoes (Oregon and Washington), and another state with an active magma chamber there are no Cascade (or any other active or dormant volcanoes) in Idaho. There is, however, plenty of evidence of past volcanic ...

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the May 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, and have inundated other valleys around Cascade volcanoes during prehistoric eruptions. Lahars at Nevado del Ruiz volcano, Colombia, in 1985, killed more than 23,000 people." Near a volcano, the falling volcanic ash is quite heavy (high density), and the newspaper used as a proxy for volcanic ash in the movie looked more like snow (low density) as it fell. For geologists who have seen the movie, the hot, runny lava, seen issuing from the volcano, is the most bothersome issue. Generally, runny, fast-flowing lava (basalt) erupts from Hawaiian or "shield" volcanoes; but we understand that this makes for a more exciting movie. Lava flows at Cascade volcanoes are usually thick, and rarely move ! far from the vent (for example Mount St. Helens Dome: see the center photo at the top of this page: the dome is a mound of rather thick lava that has partially or wholly solidified) unlike the Hawaiian-type flows and lava fountains shown in Dante's ...

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