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Dantes Peak Geological Perspective The movie is set in the town of Dantes Peak in the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest Dantes Peak is an all-too-rare opportunity for you to enjoy a good adventurenatural catastrophe movie USA Dantes Peak is of course not a real Cascade volcano When volcanoes in the Cascade Ranges erupt they frequently do so explosively and produce pyroclastic materials ashes and mud or debris flows Near a volcano the falling volcanic ash is quite heavy high density and the newspaper used as a proxy for volcanic ash in the movie looked more like snow low density as it fell In the movie the hot runny lava seen coming out from the volcano is the most bothersome issue Generally runny fast-flowing lava basalt erupts from Hawaiian or Shield volcanoes Lava flows at Cascade volcanoes are usually thick and rarely move far from the vent the dome is a mound of rather thick lava that has partially solidified unlike the Hawaiian-type flows and lava fountains shown in Dantes Peak Stratovolcanoes like the Cascades do not usually produce pyroclastics and lava in the same eruption Also lava is very hot over 1500 F and most flammable material rubber wood people brought near the lava would burst into flame The radioactive heat alone is sufficient flammable materials do not even have to touch the lava We think a car would last only seconds on a lava flow before it would burst into flames consuming the occupants It is worth pointing out here that lava itself does not burn most of the constituents of lava are already in their most oxidized state and what we see burning around lava flows consists mostly of grass houses trees shrubs animals etc We also noticed that the lake near Grandmothers house becomes acidic quite fast in the movie but hey you need to pack a lot into a movie these days to draw a crowd There are
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