Talk:Plinian eruption

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Dodgy picture caption[edit]

"1822 artist rendition of the eruption of Vesuvius, depicting what the AD 79 eruption may have looked like."

This is an 1822 artist rendition of an eruption at that time. What is the basis for the assertion that the AD 79 eruption may have looked like? Is this conjectured similarity, a perception of the 1822 artist or the person who captioned the photo here ?Eregli bob (talk) 12:45, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

Pliny the Younger wrote the description of the 79AD eruption which as an example of objective impersonal observation still serves the scientific community as the way to observe and report. Scrope - the artist would have almost certainly read that description and probably seen other similar eruptions.The Geologist (talk) 14:42, 22 August 2013 (UTC)


The Pinatubo article says Pinatubo's 1991 eruption was Plinian. 69.118.29.171 (talk) 04:23, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

Correct - it was a full blown Plinian eruption.The Geologist (talk) 14:36, 22 August 2013 (UTC)