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ANDESITE LAVA FROM KRAKATOA

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ANDESITE LAVA FROM KRAKATOA

Recent lava from the site of one of the most violent volcanic events in recorded history
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Krakatau, Lampung Province, Indonesia


Krakatoa, or Krakatau (Indonesian: Krakatau), was a volcanic island in the Sunda Strait between Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra. In August 1883 it was obliterated by a catastrophic volcanic eruption which was one of the most violent in recorded history, killing over 36,000 people.  All that was left was an ash-covered island remnant known as Rakata.

This specimen of andesite lava was collected from Anak Krakatau (‘child of Krakatau’), a small island that emerged in 1930 as a result of volcanic activity along the submerged northern rim of the original caldera.  This island is still active, its most recent eruptive episode having begun in 1994.

An eruption of Anak Krakatau on 22nd December 2018 has been linked to a tsunami, possibly caused by underwater landslides triggered by the eruption.

The lithograph (opposite) is from a photograph taken on 27th May 1883, three months before the catastrophic eruption.

 
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Size: 5 x 4 x 4 centimetres
Weight: 102 grams

PRICE: £20.00
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