Dante's Peak

Topics: Volcano, Lava, Mount Vesuvius Pages: 3 (1026 words) Published: March 26, 2011
Dante's Peak

Introduction to Movie
The movie talks about the eruption of northern cascades mountain which took place in America. Set in the fictional town of Dante's Peak, Washington, located in the northern Cascade Mountains, the film is somewhat based on the real-life eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, Mount St. Helens in 1980 and Mount Pinatubo in 1991, with Dr. Harry Dalton and the family of the mayor of the town. The film begins with the eruption of an unnamed volcano in Colombia during which volcanologist Dr. Harry Dalton’s fiancée is killed as the couple tries to evacuate. After four years, Harry is tasked with investigating possible volcanic activity in the mountain near the town of Dante’s Peak which has not erupted for a long time. As we see later, two backpackers are skinny dipping in a hot spring when the water begins to boil killing the couple. As the movie proceeds, the tension gets higher and ends on a happy note.

Background Information
The film, Dante’s Peak is somewhat based on real-life eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD and Mount St. Helens in 1980 and Mount Pinatubo in 1991  

Is the eruption depicted in Dante’s Peak realistic?
Realistic Points in the Movie
There is a depiction of enormous power released during a composite volcano eruption and also an explosive eruption with lots of tephra. Hot springs do exist near volcanic activity. The town’s water supply became contaminated. A volcano does become restless quickly and earthquakes do occur. NASA also tested a robot named “Dante” at volcanoes in Alaska and Antarctica. The Lakes near volcanoes can become acidic enough to be dangerous to people(pH of water was tested initially. There was seismograph readings in the movie and the carbon dioxide can kill tress and wildlife.

Unrealistic Points in the Movie
The lava flows were too fluid when it should have been thick and slow moving. The temperature of hot springs near volcanoes changes more slowly than shown in the movie, an...
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