Lava Eruptions of Paricutin Volcano at Night

ID: SIA2009-0860 and F126

Creator: Foshag, William F

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: July 29, 1943

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7281, Box 7, Folder: Photographs of Parícutin #F15-#F33c; 1943

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Summary

Image of Paricutin volcano erupting at night.

Subject

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • Image was taken by William F. Foshag, a curator of minerals at the United States National Museum, now known as the National Museum of Natural History, while researching the development of the Paricutin volcano.
  • The Paricutin volcano erupted from 1943 to 1952 with several eruptive phases. In early 1943, residents near Paricutin, Mexico, about 200 miles west of Mexico City, experienced hundreds of earthquakes. On February 20, 1943, a large fissure opened in the cornfield of Dionisio and Paula Pulido, Tarascan Indians. A crater soon formed, and over the next ten years, hundreds of scientists from around the world witnessed the birth and growth of a volcano. Foshag, from the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum, and Dr. Jenaro Gonzalez Reyna from the Mexican government, spent several years at the site, observing and documenting it through field notebooks, photographs and films. This was the first time that volcanologists were able to fully document the entire life cycle of a volcano, and the numerous studies published increased understanding of volcanism in general and especially scoria cone formation.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7281, Box 7, Folder: Photographs of Parícutin #F15-#F33c; 1943

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

July 29, 1943

Restrictions & Rights

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Topic

  • Volcanologists
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Earth Sciences
  • Landscapes
  • Geology
  • Natural History
  • Explorations and Expeditions
  • Volcanoes
  • Volcanism
  • Parícutin Volcano
  • Volcanoes--Mexico
  • Natural history
  • Earth sciences

Place

Mexico

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Landscape

ID Number

SIA2009-0860 and F126

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 4w x 5h; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print

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