Science: Scenic Volcano

A fire lookout peering from Watchman Peak saw the calm blue water, 1,850 ft. below, emit a giant belch. A cloud of smoke — or dust-filled gas — billowed out of the deep water, rose high in the air.

It was eight weeks ago that Oregon's famed Crater Lake began its unlakelike burps. Two days later, a second dust-bubble broke from the surface. The third, two weeks later, formed a cloud 300 ft. wide. Tourists began to flock to the lake to watch. After the road was closed for the winter, in late October, the lake uttered yet one more eructation.

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