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Pompeii Excavations - Pumice Fall Deposits

Pompeii Excavations - Pumice Fall Deposits Ancient Places and/or Civilizations Disasters Geography Archeological Wonders

Archeologists working in Pompeii, seeking to learn as much as possible about the manner in which Vesuvius destroyed the town, found various layers of volcanic debris.  As depicted in this image, from the lowest-level they uncovered:

  • Pumice-fall deposit
  • Surge deposit
  • Pyroclastic flow deposit

As the deadly pyroclastic flow roared into Pompeii, people tried to protect themselves.  Depicted in this image is evidence of a man embracing a tree.  His efforts, of course, did not save him.  He died at the bottom of the pyroclastic-flow deposit.


Media Credits

Image online via "Explore Italian Volcanoes."

 

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