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Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius (#2515)

There are more than 1400 active volcanoes on this planet. Many of these are in remote places where they present little risk to anyone. Some are situated in the middle of populated areas and, although inactive, have troublesome histories. One is Mt. Vesuvius, which dominates the Bay of Naples and obliterated the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. Geological evidence suggests that Vesuvius, dormant since 1944, is on the move again. This program looks at new scientific measurements of this infamous volcano, at the threat posed by a new eruption to the more than two million people who live under its shadow and at the critical day in 79 AD when Pompeii was obliterated. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Science & Technology
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440 episodes
Average Episode Length
61 minutes
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