Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes


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Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

A volcanic region of southwest Alaska at the upper end of the Alaska Peninsula. It was formed by the eruption of Mount Katmai in 1912, when ash and rock fragments filled a valley adjacent to the volcano, and hot gases were emitted through countless cracks in the surface.

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

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(Placename) a volcanic region of SW Alaska, formed by the massive eruption of Mount Katmai in 1912; jets of steam issue from vents up to 45 m (150 ft) across

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a volcanic area in SW Alaska, in Katmai National Park.
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(19) "Exploration," Griggs explained, "undertaken primarily for the scientific study of the effects of the ashfall, led to the discovery of one of the great marvels of the natural world, a place unseen and unsuspected by white man and native alike until entered by a National Geographic Society Expedition." (20) He discovered the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, where steam burst through thousands of vents in the 100 to 700 foot deep ash flow that the eruption deposited over forty square miles.
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Until more bear-friendly rules are in place (which may be as soon as next summer), consider other options: take a bus tour to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, formed in 1912 by a cataclysmic volcanic eruption, or head off on backpack trips into 4 million acres of backcountry.

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