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Alaskan Adventures (1926) - Katmai Video from AMIPA
An excerpt from director/explorer/adventurer Capt. Jack Robertson's "Alaskan Adventures" (1926), featuring Arthur Young, the "world's bow and arrow champion." This section of the film was produced near Mt. Katmai, 14 years after the volcano's massive 1912 eruption. Includes an animated sequence, illustrating how the size and shape of Mt. Katmai was altered by the eruption, and images of: pumice deposits left by eruption; the Valley of the 10,000 Smokes, when it was still quite active; and men cooking over vents in the Valley of the 10,000 Smokes. Transferred from one of Kodak's "Kodascope" branded 16mm library prints, which were generally all tinted yellow or amber. B&W (tinted). Silent, with intertitles.


Katmai Astronaut Training
Film produced in the late 1960s by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Park Service, as part of astronaut training for Apollo missions. The geologic events discussed in this film reflect the state of knowledge in the 1960s – and is often quite different from today’s interpretations.


The Novarupta - Katmai Eruption of 1912 — largest eruption of the 20th century: A Centennial Perspective
One hundred years ago this June, a 3-day explosive eruption at Novarupta on the Alaska Peninsula near King Salmon became one of the five largest eruptions in recorded history. It created the spectacular Katmai caldera and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, which early explorers called the eighth wonder of the world. Preserved as a National Monument in 1918, and now part of Katmai National Park, the eruption created an outdoor laboratory that has captivated scientists and sightseers alike for 100 years.

Katmai expert Judy Fierstein tells the story of those 3 dramatic days and what has been learned from the 1912 eruption about large explosive events. Judy explains how geologist "volcano detectives" explored and examined the eruption's aftermath, how the eruption has remained scientifically important for 100 years, and why Katmai still offers insights about earth processes that shape our world.

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