Saturday, June 23, 2012

Stunning volcanic view of Alaid Volcano, Alaska

Credit: NASA

Alaid Volcano, the northernmost and highest volcano in the Kuril Island chain, which stretches from Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula to Japan.

Part of Russian territory, Alaid has the textbook cone-shape summit of a composite volcano and tops out at 7,674 feet (2,339 meters). 

A composite volcano, or stratovolcano, is made of many layers of hardened lava and ash spewed out during periodic eruptions.

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