Science: Glacier Priest

The Alaska Peninsula is a long, slender, jagged tongue of land protruding south-west toward Asia, dribbling the Aleutian Islands from its end. It is a Dantesque region of ice and fire. Out of cracks in its glaciers spurts steam from the muttering cauldrons below. Rivers run blood-red with oxide of iron. Mighty volcanoes darken the sky with smoke and ash and litter the land with grotesque shapes of lava. It is the land of Aniakchak. world's largest active crater, within whose bliz-zard-beaten rim, 21 mi. around, a lesser volcano raises its snout and...

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