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In the morning (17th) we landed on Chatham Island, which, like the others, rises with a tame and rounded outline, broken here and there by scattered hillocks, the remains of former craters. Nothing could be less inviting than the first appearance.
One night I slept on shore on a part of the island, where black truncated cones were extraordinarily numerous: from one small eminence I counted sixty of them, all surmounted by craters more or less perfect.
On both of these islands, eruptions are known to have taken place; and in Albemarle, we saw a small jet of smoke curling from the summit of one of the great craters. In the evening we anchored in Bank's Cove, in Albemarle Island.
In the crater between the towering walls Bukawai, cold with terror, trembled, trembled as with ague.
According to their study, this crater is about 75 miles wide.
Visitors pay an entry fee at the main gate from where they proceed to the crater. But their safety is not assured.
JAXA will now consider whether to make the explorer touch down near the crater to obtain a sample.
The team's work led to the discovery that the rate of crater formation over the last 290 million years has been two to three times higher than in the previous 700 million years.
I have walked around and down into the crater on several occasions--it lies only 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Pretoria, where I live.
Up to now, only six such crater strewn fields were known on Earth, all of them geologically recent and limited to distribution of one or two kilometers.
The METCRAX II field investigation of downslope windstorm-type flows in Arizona's Meteor Crater is described along with first results from the analyses of the extensive dataset.
The Intensity 1 crater glow indicates that there is hot material near the crater, according to Renato Solidum, director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Siesmology (Phivolcs).