27 April 2010

Conquering Mt. Pinatubo (part three)


Explaini kuno ko Manong bi, nganong galangoy-langoy ka diha.

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We were all ecstatic and utterly amazed the moment we saw the crater. It was breathtakingly beautiful! It made the one hour and a half 4x4 jeep ride and the 30-minute trek all worthwhile.

The weather that day was awesome, too. The sun was shining brightly, but the air was cool. The best thing about it, I think, was the company I had.


Nearly 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide were injected into the stratosphere in Pinatubo's 1991 eruptions,
and dispersal of this gas cloud around the world caused global temperatures
to drop temporarily (1991 through 1993) by about 1°F (0.5°C).
{US Geological Survey}


After the eruption, a crater lake formed in the 1991 caldera, with the 1992 lava dome forming an island.
At first, the lake was small, hot and highly acidic, with a minimum pH of 2
and a temperature of about 40 °C. Abundant rainfall cooled and diluted the lake,
lowering the temperature to 26 °C and raising the pH to 5.5 by 2003.
{Wikipedia}


About 200,000 people who evacuated from the lowlands surrounding Pinatubo before and during the eruptions
have returned home but face continuing threats from lahars that have already buried numerous towns and villages.
{US Geological Survey}


People could go boating for P250 each.


The kids (Angie's nephew and nieces) went swimming.


Our Manong Guide.


Waiting for passengers.


Here's more info about Mt. Pinatubo.


I hope more people would visit Pinatubo and I hope they'd respect and keep the place clean.


To quote my friend Edeena (from a letter she sent me):
"and now, you can also say: my heart will not stop me from conquering heights."

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Cindy April 28, 2010 at 12:30 AM  

ahhhh... so beautiful Ai!!!

{makes me wonder, what makes the water color green}

mai April 28, 2010 at 6:24 AM  

Ai, the crater is the mouth of the volcano?? where the lava passes ba?? that's how i imagined it.. and it's safe to swim??

Tita Lou April 28, 2010 at 8:44 AM  

This is so beautiful Ai! Parang a secret place to go. A blue lagoon. Thanks!

Aileen Siroy May 5, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

Cindy said...
ahhhh... so beautiful Ai!!!

{makes me wonder, what makes the water color green}

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Thank you, Cinds!
About the water: maybe it's the combination of sulfur and algae. Not sure. :)

Aileen Siroy May 5, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

mai said...
Ai, the crater is the mouth of the volcano?? where the lava passes ba?? that's how i imagined it.. and it's safe to swim??

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Yes, it is, Lou.
It's not safe to swim because they haven't determined the depth of the lake. But the sulfur and water temp is safe for swimming.

Aileen Siroy May 5, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

Tita Lou said...
This is so beautiful Ai! Parang a secret place to go. A blue lagoon. Thanks!

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It is, Tita!
Breathtakingly beautiful!

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