Vesuvius is a Stromboli-type volcano that forms near subduction zones, and ash is its main product, as opposed to a Hawaiian volcano that forms near hot spots and is noted for lava flows. Pompeii was a pyroclastic ash flow. Hot gasses around ash particles allow the ash cloud the descend the mountain quickly, so no one had time to escape. Peleé, on Martinique, was another example. You fail geology.
2/14/2009 2:20:50 AM
Ummm, you forgot that it was ash that buried Pompeii...
2/14/2009 3:45:32 AM
The Hawaiians would like to have a few words with you.
2/14/2009 4:35:07 AM
If Pompeii had been buried by lava, there wouldn't be any remains for us to find. They'd all be immolated.
2/14/2009 5:42:40 AM
As fundies are fond of using the 'Were you there?' argument, well, I've been to Pompeii and can assure you it was buried in ash, not lava.
2/14/2009 7:33:20 AM
As a latin speaker I can attest that the Romans at least did have words for both lava and ash. Lava was called 'lava' - coming from one of two verbs, either 'lavat' (it cleans up) or 'labet' (it falls). For ash, they had 'cinis' as in cinders.
So yes they did have the words and, also in contrast to the assertions of our retarded friend Carico, one of them was identical to ours and the other one was pretty damn close.
DEFICIS EPICE - EPIC FAIL (well, close enough)
2/14/2009 9:16:20 AM
SULFUR DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY!
2/14/2009 9:29:52 AM
Carico, you are an utter idiot. The Pompeiian figures are not solidified by lava. Lava never reached Pompeii. It was overwhelmed by pyroclastic flows, otherwise know as nuées ardents. (Don't even try to pronounce the French term. You'd make a horse's arse out of it, I know!)
The figures to which you refer are made when excavators detect a hollow in the solidified deposits from the pyroclasms. The archaeologists then drill small holes and pour in plaster of paris. When this has set, the image is formed as in a mould. Simple, no? So go and apologise to all those you have deliberately misled through willful ignorance used to serve your purpose.
mihi placet nimis legere te Latine loqui potere. Ego autem amo pleno cum corde illam linguam.
2/14/2009 7:35:12 PM
"If you do this train job for me, then you and I be solid, but if you fail...Not so solid..."
Sorry, I thought a Firefly quote here would be appropriate, I think I may have been wrong. But in any case:
People before lava=Not solid
People after lava=Solid :D
2/18/2009 8:50:47 AM
So consistantly wrong
2/18/2009 1:33:19 PM
"People in the ancient word didn't have the same words we have today."
No shit, Sherlock. The oldest variant of English that's mutually intelligible with modern English is ~700 years old.
"they didn't know what lava was except that it was different than ash."
Different *from* ash, and yes I think people in the ancient world who lived in volcanic areas probably did have a good idea what lava was.
"In fact, it contains sulphur and it solidifies objects and people as it did in Pompeii."
You fail volcanology forever.
2/18/2009 1:43:37 PM
It's managed to get even more stupid.
I don't know how, but it has.
2/18/2009 1:45:48 PM
Indeed "Lava" IS a latin/greek word......
2/18/2009 1:57:31 PM
People in the ancient world didn't have the technology we have today. But they were far from idiots. Unlike you.
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