USGS expert looks back at the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century

by Contributed Content on June 5, 2012

100 years ago on June 6, 1912, the Novarupta (pictured) and Katmai volcanoes erupted explosively to create Katmai caldera and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, called the eighth wonder of the world by early explorers.

USGS geologist and noted Novarupta-Katmai expert Judy Fierstein describes the excitement and rewards of geologic fieldwork in this remote and wild Alaskan setting at a free public lecture on Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 pm on the USGS campus at 345 Middlefield Rd. in Menlo Park She will talk about why has this area remained scientifically important for 100 years, and what insights does it still offer about earth processes that shape our worlds?

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