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Volcanic eruption 73,000 years ago nearly wiped out the human race

Scientists are positing that the Toba eruption, which occurred 73,000 years ago in Sumatra nearly caused humans to go extinct. The Toba eruption, which took place on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia about 73,000 years ago, released an estimated 800 cubic kilometers of ash into the atmosphere that blanketed the

Easter Island’s red-hatted statues

Archaeologists have figured out where the red hats that sit on top of many of Easter Island's stone heads came from. They pieced together a series of clues to discover how the statues got their red hats. An axe, a road, and an ancient volcano led to their findings. Dr Richards said:

Volcanic eruption caused one of Earth’s largest mass extinctions

One of the Earth’s largest extinctions was likely caused 260 million years ago by a massive volcanic eruption in southwest China. The eruptions, which spewed about 500,000 cubic kilometers (120,000 cubic miles) of lava over half a million years, killed more than half of the life on the planet in the

The Top Four Deadliest Volcanoes Ever

Neatorama has compiled a list of the top four devastating volcanic eruptions. When we think of volcanic disasters, the first couple that usually spring to mind are the Vesuvius eruption of 79 A.D. that wiped out Pompeii and the Mt. St. Helens eruption of 1980. But while these are among the

Roman Ruins Survive the Ages Thanks to Volcanic Ash

The ancient Romans mixed their mortar with volcanic ash to strengthen it. Sandy ash produced by a volcano that erupted 456,000 years ago might have helped a huge ancient Roman complex survive intact for nearly 2,000 years despite three earthquakes, according to research presented last week in Rome. X-ray analysis of a

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