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Day on the Volcano

From the time I was a child I dreamed of being a volcanologist. The very thought of climbing around on volcanoes and sampling molten rock sounded very exciting. I grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona where there is an enormous amount of volcanic history.

As I became an adult I never lost this fascination with volcanoes. I have been able to visit volcanoes in North America, Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Peru. But today was going to be really special, a day to remember.

We were going to visit one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes in the world. I had no idea how interesting it would be.

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