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United States: Tour the extraordinary Valley of the Ten Thousand Smokes in Alaska, amidst bears and volcanoes

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United States: Tour The Extraordinary Valley Of The Ten Thousand Smokes In Alaska, Amidst Bears And Volcanoes

L.de la Mornais, A.Sangouard, K.Sullivan, D.Bergh – France 2

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There are 90 active volcanoes in Katmai National Park, Alaska, and ash layers are several tens of meters high in places. The region is also home to the largest concentration of wild bears in the world.

There is no road or airstrip to reach the volcano citadel in the remote Pacific. Seaplanes are the only solution in this state three times the size of France. Alaska is a land of ice, earthquakes and eruptions, where the violence of the elements is matched only by the disproportionate scale of the landscape. Everyday visitors to Katmai National Park (USA) are rare. They take the direction of the Valley of the Ten Thousand Smokes and the heart of the park, a vast expanse and land of doomsday. The ashes of the most violent eruption that the planet has known for two centuries are still clearly visible.

On June 6, 1912, the Novarupta volcano erupted. Alerted by a series of earthquakes in the past, some residents of the area managed to escape. A few months later, the first vulcanologists named the plain the Valley of 10,000 Smokes. ,Ash covered the entire Earth’s atmosphere, and for almost two years the planet’s temperature dropped by 2°C“, notes Jo-Marie Peltier, geologist at the University of Sacramento (USA).

Thus the Valley of 10,000 Smoke is under permanent remote surveillance. The explosion could threaten the park’s main residents: the bears. Katmai is actually the place in the world where the largest population of wild bears is concentrated.

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