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Pompeii !. t itle_____. By Brooke Agius Grade 5 Alpha. Pompeii was an ancient Roman city, buried by a volcanic eruption. 2000 years later, archaeologists uncovered the city. The people in ancient Pompeii did not have a chance to escape. The city had been quickly buried by volcanic ash.

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  • Pompeii!

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By Brooke Agius

Grade 5 Alpha


It was a big tragedy

  • Pompeii was an ancient Roman city, buried by a volcanic eruption. 2000 years later, archaeologists uncovered the city. The people in ancient Pompeii did not have a chance to escape. The city had been quickly buried by volcanic ash.

It was a big tragedy!


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  • When archaeologists dug out the city, two thousand years later, they found petrified bread still in the ovens that had been baking that day. Archaeologists learned a great deal from the ruins of this ancient city because it had been so well preserved.


This volcano is beautiful

  • •The inhabitants of Pompeii did not know that Vesuvius was a volcano, as it hadn’t erupted in 1,800 years. There isn’t even a Latin word for volcano.

The longer a volcano sleeps, the more deadly the eruption. There were signs that Vesuvius was beginning to stir – earthquakes, ground rising up and underground springs drying up – but the people didn’t know how to read these signs or understand what they meant.

This volcano is beautiful


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  • A reservoir of boiling magma some three kilometres wide formed within Vesuvius, trapped inside by a plug of old magma. A chemical reaction involving water and gases finally shattered the lava plug and Vesuvius roared back to life


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  • The eruption of AD 79 was very unusual, without lava or other characteristics normally associated with volcanoes. It was a Plinian eruption – the most dangerous and feared kind of all – involving super-heated gas, magma and ash that form a giant towering column that builds up into the sky. The magma cools and falls to the earth as pumice. Vesuvius erupts in this way once in every 2,000 years.


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  • Mixed in with the pumice stones were lithics – cold dense rocks torn from inside the volcano and carried up into the atmosphere only to fall back to earth as deadly missiles traveling at speeds reaching 180 kilometres per hour. At the peak of the eruption, a staggering 100,000 tons of magma, ash and gas was released from the volcano every second, travelling upwards at the speed of a jet plane to reach 33 kilometres in height – that’s 3.5 times the height of Everest.

Lava 


The poor people didn t have time to run away

  • From beginning to end, the eruption took just under 24 hours.

The poor people didn’t have time to run away!


Map of italy

  • Had the eruption taken place on any other day, the people of Pompeii might have stood a better chance of escape. Usually, the wind blew in a south westerly direction, which would have blown the column out over the Bay of Naples . But on that fateful day, the wind was blowing in a north westerly direction – straight over Pompeii .

Map of Italy 


Map of africa

  • Vesuvius ejected more than four cubic kilometres of material over Campagniathat day. Ash fall was traced as far away as Africa .

Map of Africa 


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  • I am so sorry but that is all I can tell you about this wonderful story of the popular city in Italy called Pompeii and how the volcano with the name of Vesuvius erupted and killed all those people.


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  • By Brooke Agius

  • Grade 5 Alpha

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