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Tsunami may have inspired legend of Atlantis

Scientists are suggesting that the volcanic explosion that obliterated much of the island that might have inspired the legend of Atlantis apparently triggered a tsunami that traveled hundreds of miles. The islands that make up the small circular archipelago of Santorini, roughly 120 miles (200 km) southeast of Greece, are what

How the ancient Maya cultivated manioc

A large manioc field cultivated by the ancient Maya 1,400 years ago has been discovered, shedding new light on their agricultural system. Evidence shows the manioc field -- at least one-third the size of a football field -- was harvested just days before the eruption of the Loma Caldera volcano near

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

Carbonized scrolls buried by Vesuvius to be read

Hundreds of papyrus scrolls found at a villa in Herculaneum are about to be read for the first time since 79AD using the latest technology. Now, a computer scientist from the University of Kentucky hopes that modern digital technology will allow him to peer inside two of the fragile scrolls –

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

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