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This month we explore the power of volcanoes. Two of the most famous volcanic eruptions in history occurred in August—Vesuvius in AD 79 and Krakatoa in 1883. The latter was one of the most catastrophic eruptions in history. Click on the links below to explore Britannica’s coverage of volcanoes and related phenomena.

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Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes

Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes

The devastation wrought by earthquakes and volcanoes often obscures the fact that these destructive forces are also some of the most creative on the planet birthing mountains and other land forms. With detailed diagrams outlining the structure of continental and oceanic crust and the distribution of major plate motion, this book introduces readers to the range of activity that can shape or decimate an entire region. Preview this e-book now. E-mail us at to learn more.

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