The Volcano That Grew Out Of A Cornfield

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Rarely do volcanologist get to watch the birth, growth, and death of a volcano, but Paricutin provided such an opportunity. It is a cinder cone volcano located in the state of Michoacan, in Mexico, close to a lava-covered village of the same name.

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The volcano erupted on February 20, 1943, and continued erupting till 1952, during which it destroyed the villages of Parícutin and San Juan Parangaricutiro. Unlike most volcanoes, Parícutin volcano didn’t exist until that fateful day, and this makes the volcano unique.

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