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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Katmai Crater at Katmai National Park and Preserve

Katmai Crater at Katmai National Park and Preserve
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Katmai Crater at Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska, USA
Variety marks this land: lakes, marshland, forests all abound in wildlife- including the Alaska brown bear, the world's largest carnivore. Here, in one of the largest areas in the National Park System, Novarupta Volcano erupted violently in 1912, forming the ash-filled "Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes". Today only a few active vents remain. Katmai National Monument was greatly enlarged in 1978 and became 4,093,214 acre Katmai National Park and Preserve by Congressional Action on December 2, 1980.

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