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 |Wait a While|Tony Holgate| 4| |Wait a While|Tony Holgate| 4|
-|Social Notes |John Hogan| 6|+|Social Notes|John Hogan| 6|
 |Six Foot Track - Cox River|Errol Sheedy| 8| |Six Foot Track - Cox River|Errol Sheedy| 8|
 |Walks Report|Ray Hookway| 9| |Walks Report|Ray Hookway| 9|
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 In fact we met Ian and Glad at Wallace Craigie Lookout, just finishing their lunch. Our tribe of 20 eventually arrived at Jacobs, and around 2 pm we splashed across and strolled along the old fire-trail beside the Snowy River. Emus had fed on the abundant rose-hips, leaving interesting droppings; like mini cow-pats studded with seeds. In fact we met Ian and Glad at Wallace Craigie Lookout, just finishing their lunch. Our tribe of 20 eventually arrived at Jacobs, and around 2 pm we splashed across and strolled along the old fire-trail beside the Snowy River. Emus had fed on the abundant rose-hips, leaving interesting droppings; like mini cow-pats studded with seeds.
  
-Passing Several vast campsites, Ian finally halted at one large enough to accomodate a small suburb. Everyone scattered far and wide - great for privacy, but not for communication.+Passing Several vast campsites, Ian finally halted at one large enough to accommodate a small suburb. Everyone scattered far and wide - great for privacy, but not for communication.
  
 ===Saturday, April 10=== ===Saturday, April 10===
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 Having secured our pieces of real estate, we congregated around the fire to eat and sing. Later, when the stars burned bright and the fire burned low, Ian told us of his exploratory visit here with his son Tim. About 2am, they were asleep under their fly, when they heard a piercing scream. Startled, they sat up and heard another scream, this time from the opposite side of the clearing. Having secured our pieces of real estate, we congregated around the fire to eat and sing. Later, when the stars burned bright and the fire burned low, Ian told us of his exploratory visit here with his son Tim. About 2am, they were asleep under their fly, when they heard a piercing scream. Startled, they sat up and heard another scream, this time from the opposite side of the clearing.
  
-What was it - the ghost of some despairing settler, going mad with lonliness? They never did find out, but at first light they departed with all speed. Later that night, we too heard a couple of faint screams, but they seemed to come from the direction of Bill's tent. Bad dreams?.... We didn't ask.+What was it - the ghost of some despairing settler, going mad with loneliness? They never did find out, but at first light they departed with all speed. Later that night, we too heard a couple of faint screams, but they seemed to come from the direction of Bill's tent. Bad dreams?.... We didn't ask.
  
 ===Sunday 11 April=== ===Sunday 11 April===
  
-The Easter Bunny did several rounds, dropping assorted eggs in the frosty morning. Fortified with chocolate, we began again the up, up, up, to Big Byadbo Mountain. Mauri gave Maureen navigation lessons along the way, and somehow they reached the trig before us. Morning tea and more up - until the road. Then another repeat of down, down, down, turning off near the bottom to follow the horse tracks along Sheep Station Creek. We did find the remains of some wooden construction - was that the sheep station? More importantly, we found water in the creek, beside our campsite.+The Easter Bunny did several rounds, dropping assorted eggs in the frosty morning. Fortified with chocolate, we began again the up, up, up, to Big Byadbo Mountain. Maurie gave Maureen navigation lessons along the way, and somehow they reached the trig before us. Morning tea and more up - until the road. Then another repeat of down, down, down, turning off near the bottom to follow the horse tracks along Sheep Station Creek. We did find the remains of some wooden construction - was that the sheep station? More importantly, we found water in the creek, beside our campsite.
  
-A couple of deepish pools were too good to resist, so there was much scrubbing in the creekbed. Suitably washed and dressed for dinner, we organized the Happy Hour. Enough rum-and lemon, cheese, oysters, dips, chocolate and other delectables to make dehydes seem definately second-rate. Why can't all bushwalking be like this?+A couple of deepish pools were too good to resist, so there was much scrubbing in the creekbed. Suitably washed and dressed for dinner, we organized the Happy Hour. Enough rum-and lemon, cheese, oysters, dips, chocolate and other delectables to make dehydes seem definitely second-rate. Why can't all bushwalking be like this?
  
 ===Monday 12 April=== ===Monday 12 April===
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 has rare beauty,\\ has rare beauty,\\
 while these vines\\ while these vines\\
-have uncommanly deceitful ability.+have uncommonly deceitful ability.
  
 In the sky, galahs\\ In the sky, galahs\\
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   * Travel with a Spanish speaking guide.   * Travel with a Spanish speaking guide.
-  * Spend a few days on Easter Thland.+  * Spend a few days on Easter Island.
   * Climb an active volcano.   * Climb an active volcano.
   * Cruise through the Chilean fiords.   * Cruise through the Chilean fiords.
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 Have moved to Ballina on the far north coast of NSW and would be delighted to have any of their SBW friends drop in when passing through. Could arrange a walk with the Northern Rivers Bush walking Club based at Lismore. There is good walking in the surrounding hills. Have moved to Ballina on the far north coast of NSW and would be delighted to have any of their SBW friends drop in when passing through. Could arrange a walk with the Northern Rivers Bush walking Club based at Lismore. There is good walking in the surrounding hills.
  
-The new address is Cedar Crescent, East Balllina, 2478.+The new address is Cedar Crescent, East Ballina, 2478.
  
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 The copter landed in a nearby clearing and we spent a fascinating hour and half talking with the pilot and crewmen about such matters as: The copter landed in a nearby clearing and we spent a fascinating hour and half talking with the pilot and crewmen about such matters as:
  
-  * the best wey to be seen from the air, in daylight, a marine smoke flare, at night, a marine magnesium flare, both are quite cheap and extremely effective, if these are not available, brightly coloured (red or yellow) regular shaped cloth (pack covers, sleeping bag covers, etc).+  * the best way to be seen from the air, in daylight, a marine smoke flare, at night, a marine magnesium flare, both are quite cheap and extremely effective, if these are not available, brightly coloured (red or yellow) regular shaped cloth (pack covers, sleeping bag covers, etc).
   * how to approach a copter which has landed and has its rotors in motion, from the front and uphill, so that you can be seen and so you do not go any where near the tail rotor, which is far more dangerous than the main overhead rotor; speaking personally, as either rotor can chop you into small messy pieces inside a second, I don't want to find out the hard way.   * how to approach a copter which has landed and has its rotors in motion, from the front and uphill, so that you can be seen and so you do not go any where near the tail rotor, which is far more dangerous than the main overhead rotor; speaking personally, as either rotor can chop you into small messy pieces inside a second, I don't want to find out the hard way.
-  * what is involved in being winched into or out of a copter, two of the walkers attending the sessions were volunteers and were winched into the copter which hovered about 10 meters above the ground, the most importent thing is not to spin, keep your arms extended and horizontal to the ground to prevent a spin.+  * what is involved in being winched into or out of a copter, two of the walkers attending the sessions were volunteers and were winched into the copter which hovered about 10 meters above the ground, the most important thing is not to spin, keep your arms extended and horizontal to the ground to prevent a spin.
   * how to make the pilot's job easier in the event that they are called out in a search situation, simply make sure you leave behind with a trustworthy contact as detailed an intended itinerary as possible, including the proposed starting and finishing points and times, car registration numbers, walk routes, camp sites etc; often an aerial search is made very difficult because nobody has a good knowledge of where the walkers were intending to start from, walk to, finish etc.   * how to make the pilot's job easier in the event that they are called out in a search situation, simply make sure you leave behind with a trustworthy contact as detailed an intended itinerary as possible, including the proposed starting and finishing points and times, car registration numbers, walk routes, camp sites etc; often an aerial search is made very difficult because nobody has a good knowledge of where the walkers were intending to start from, walk to, finish etc.
      
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 There were around 15 members present when the President called the meeting to order at around 2015. Apologies were received from Denise Shaw, Margaret Sheens and Fran Holland. New members Alexander (Sasha) Lituak and Gerhard Ruhl were welcomed into membership in the usual way. There were around 15 members present when the President called the meeting to order at around 2015. Apologies were received from Denise Shaw, Margaret Sheens and Fran Holland. New members Alexander (Sasha) Lituak and Gerhard Ruhl were welcomed into membership in the usual way.
  
-The Minutes of the previous general meeting were read and received with no matters arising/ Correspondence was Comprised of letters from:- The Total Environffient Centre regarding a conference they plan to hold, an academic from Melbourne University who is seeking indormation on tourist use of the Victorian Alpine Park areas, the South East Forest Alliance regarding the environmental challenge of trying to protect the remaining remnants of our old growth forests, the Confederation regarding the possible uses of free publicity to promote awareness of the search and rescue activities, the Solicitor acting on behalf of our insurer in the matter of the damages claim by Frances Drew advising that the matter has now been deferred for hearing to February 1994. There was also light relief in the form of promotional material from an organisation who offer a "mobile motel" service. Come to think of it, next time a party is stranded on the wrong side of the Kowmung during a flood, why don't we give them a call?+The Minutes of the previous general meeting were read and received with no matters arising/ Correspondence was Comprised of letters from:- The Total Environment Centre regarding a conference they plan to hold, an academic from Melbourne University who is seeking information on tourist use of the Victorian Alpine Park areas, the South East Forest Alliance regarding the environmental challenge of trying to protect the remaining remnants of our old growth forests, the Confederation regarding the possible uses of free publicity to promote awareness of the search and rescue activities, the Solicitor acting on behalf of our insurer in the matter of the damages claim by Frances Drew advising that the matter has now been deferred for hearing to February 1994. There was also light relief in the form of promotional material from an organisation who offer a "mobile motel" service. Come to think of it, next time a party is stranded on the wrong side of the Kowmung during a flood, why don't we give them a call?
  
 The Treasurer advised the meeting that we earned income of $3,789, spent $862 and closed with a balance of $4,368. The Treasurer advised the meeting that we earned income of $3,789, spent $862 and closed with a balance of $4,368.
  
-The Walks Report was next, wtih David Rostron leading a party of 12 on his stroll in the Wollongambe Wilderness over the weekend of 16,17,18 April. Saturday conditions were cloudy with misty rain and David experienced some navigational "blips" he called them. Sunday delivered better conditons and they all came out on time. Belinda McKenzie's Bundeena to Otford walk did not go and of the day walks - Zol Bodlay reported 17 on his Faulconbridge to Yarramundi walk in fine conditions, Morag's Faulcoribridge to Blaxland walk had a perfectly good report somewhere in the Walks Secretary's filing system, and Alan Mewett had 27 enjoying sunny conditions on his Wondabyne to Wondabyne via Patonga trip.+The Walks Report was next, with David Rostron leading a party of 12 on his stroll in the Wollongambe Wilderness over the weekend of 16,17,18 April. Saturday conditions were cloudy with misty rain and David experienced some navigational "blips" he called them. Sunday delivered better conditions and they all came out on time. Belinda McKenzie's Bundeena to Otford walk did not go and of the day walks - Zol Bodlay reported 17 on his Faulconbridge to Yarramundi walk in fine conditions, Morag's Faulcoribridge to Blaxland walk had a perfectly good report somewhere in the Walks Secretary's filing system, and Alan Mewett had 27 enjoying sunny conditions on his Wondabyne to Wondabyne via Patonga trip.
  
-The Anzac weekend saw Oliver Crawfard cribbing an extra day to make up a weekend from 22 to 26 April for a traverse of the Wollongambe area. There was a prevailing belief that the walk went, but there was no report. The eight cyclists who went on Maurie Bloom's Canberra cycling trip from 23 to 26 April had a good trip and a good time, Kenn Clacher's 3-day walk in the Ettrema (Yalwal) area went, under the leadership of Carol Lubbers. The Saturday was hot and scrubby but otherwise all was well for the 8 who attended. Curiously enough they reported numerous wild dogs (not dingoes) in the area. Mark Weatherly had a Saturday day walk in the proposed Maroota National Park with 11 starters and reports of a good trip. Errol Sheedy led a party of 16 from Waterfall to Heathcote on the Sunday in cool, cloudy conditions. There was also some muttering about scrub along the way.+The Anzac weekend saw Oliver Crawford cribbing an extra day to make up a weekend from 22 to 26 April for a traverse of the Wollongambe area. There was a prevailing belief that the walk went, but there was no report. The eight cyclists who went on Maurie Bloom's Canberra cycling trip from 23 to 26 April had a good trip and a good time, Kenn Clacher's 3-day walk in the Ettrema (Yalwal) area went, under the leadership of Carol Lubbers. The Saturday was hot and scrubby but otherwise all was well for the 8 who attended. Curiously enough they reported numerous wild dogs (not dingoes) in the area. Mark Weatherly had a Saturday day walk in the proposed Maroota National Park with 11 starters and reports of a good trip. Errol Sheedy led a party of 16 from Waterfall to Heathcote on the Sunday in cool, cloudy conditions. There was also some muttering about scrub along the way.
  
 Greta James reported a beautiful trip for the 10 starters who went on her Red Rocks walk over 31 April, 1, 2 May. There were some water problems but such is the way of that area. Ray Hookway's Batsch Camp to Yerranderie and return trip, led by Ray Hookway and a party of 5, saw exaggerated and almost certainly unfounded concerns about the state of Ray's health (careful of the Coco-pops, Ray) lead to a bypassing of the climb to Yerranderie despite the good weather. (No! No! Not the punitive damages, anything but that! Well, almost anything.) The only day walk that weekend, Alex Cimbleris's Wentworth Falls to Scenic Railway trip saw the 16 starters led by that, by now, habitual substitute leader, Dick Weston. Greta James reported a beautiful trip for the 10 starters who went on her Red Rocks walk over 31 April, 1, 2 May. There were some water problems but such is the way of that area. Ray Hookway's Batsch Camp to Yerranderie and return trip, led by Ray Hookway and a party of 5, saw exaggerated and almost certainly unfounded concerns about the state of Ray's health (careful of the Coco-pops, Ray) lead to a bypassing of the climb to Yerranderie despite the good weather. (No! No! Not the punitive damages, anything but that! Well, almost anything.) The only day walk that weekend, Alex Cimbleris's Wentworth Falls to Scenic Railway trip saw the 16 starters led by that, by now, habitual substitute leader, Dick Weston.
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 Conservation Report informed us that a bill proposed by the National Party to the NSW Parliament would have had the effect of so restricting wilderness declaration proposals as to virtually eliminate them. It seems the Independents managed to put paid to that one. Clover Moore has indicated that she will move an amendment to a National Parks Bill due to be introduced into the NSW Parliament, to include the Gardens of Stone area. A gold mine is proposed for the Sarah (?) River which flows on the boundary of Guy Fawlks National Park. The ALP is to introduce a bill to attempt to protect the rare and endangered species in the South East Forests area. This area is believed to be home to 30 species in this category. Concerned citizens are urged to write to Fred Nile putting the case for such provisions. Conservation Report informed us that a bill proposed by the National Party to the NSW Parliament would have had the effect of so restricting wilderness declaration proposals as to virtually eliminate them. It seems the Independents managed to put paid to that one. Clover Moore has indicated that she will move an amendment to a National Parks Bill due to be introduced into the NSW Parliament, to include the Gardens of Stone area. A gold mine is proposed for the Sarah (?) River which flows on the boundary of Guy Fawlks National Park. The ALP is to introduce a bill to attempt to protect the rare and endangered species in the South East Forests area. This area is believed to be home to 30 species in this category. Concerned citizens are urged to write to Fred Nile putting the case for such provisions.
  
-Confederation Report brought advice that the National Parks Association have now decided to join Confederation. A group of 6 4WDs have been sighted at the junction of the Wolgan River and Rocky Creek. Concerns continue abdut proposals to raise the level of Warragamba dam. There appears to be a body of opinion within Federation in favour of holding talks with the Sporting Shooters Association in order to determine whether there exists a common interest between the two organisations.+Confederation Report brought advice that the National Parks Association have now decided to join Confederation. A group of 6 4WDs have been sighted at the junction of the Wolgan River and Rocky Creek. Concerns continue about proposals to raise the level of Warragamba dam. There appears to be a body of opinion within Federation in favour of holding talks with the Sporting Shooters Association in order to determine whether there exists a common interest between the two organisations.
  
 General Business was thin on the ground, but there was a proposed Mapping Instructional Aid for review. This is in the form of a self-test procedure which takes learners through a series of exercises. If you wish to contribute contact your local Committee Member. It was eventually resolved that they should consider it over the coming month. Committee will also deliberate on a proposal that we prepare a booklet for distribution to prospective members incorporating the information to new members, first aid, mapping notes and potentially this instructional aid. General Business was thin on the ground, but there was a proposed Mapping Instructional Aid for review. This is in the form of a self-test procedure which takes learners through a series of exercises. If you wish to contribute contact your local Committee Member. It was eventually resolved that they should consider it over the coming month. Committee will also deliberate on a proposal that we prepare a booklet for distribution to prospective members incorporating the information to new members, first aid, mapping notes and potentially this instructional aid.
  
-Members were also urged to complete and submit one of the National Parks & Wildlife Service questionnaires oncamping in the Royal N. P. as the deadline for submission has been extended.+Members were also urged to complete and submit one of the National Parks & Wildlife Service questionnaires on camping in the Royal N. P. as the deadline for submission has been extended.
  
-After the annountements the meeting closed at 2125.+After the announcements the meeting closed at 2125.
  
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 by Bob Duncan by Bob Duncan
  
-(When bushwalkers travel overseas either on holiday or for buiness they often manage to do their favourite thing - bushwalking! In 1981/2 Bob Duncan, a long-time Club member, was stationed in Colorado. The following letter - published in the December 1982 issue of the magazine - gives some interesting information about walking and climbing in the USA. Having re-read it recently, I thought newer Club members would also like to read it. Kath Brown.)+(When bushwalkers travel overseas either on holiday or for business they often manage to do their favourite thing - bushwalking! In 1981/2 Bob Duncan, a long-time Club member, was stationed in Colorado. The following letter - published in the December 1982 issue of the magazine - gives some interesting information about walking and climbing in the USA. Having re-read it recently, I thought newer Club members would also like to read it. Kath Brown.)
  
 We have had a fantastic year. During the eight months of winter Rosslyn and the children became fanatical skiers, so that except for one very good 4-day walk, little walking was done. But with the coming of summer they became equally fanatical walkers. We have had a fantastic year. During the eight months of winter Rosslyn and the children became fanatical skiers, so that except for one very good 4-day walk, little walking was done. But with the coming of summer they became equally fanatical walkers.
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 The walking has changed dramatically since I was here 20 years ago. Then one did one's own route-finding and almost never saw a track or anyone else on the trip. Now unbelievable numbers walk so that to save the tundra from trampling the authorities have put in tracks to above the tundra line and impose severe penalties for leaving them. It makes walking much less challenging, but the mountains are still beautiful. The animals which were once so shy now blatantly beg for titbits all along the tracks. The walking has changed dramatically since I was here 20 years ago. Then one did one's own route-finding and almost never saw a track or anyone else on the trip. Now unbelievable numbers walk so that to save the tundra from trampling the authorities have put in tracks to above the tundra line and impose severe penalties for leaving them. It makes walking much less challenging, but the mountains are still beautiful. The animals which were once so shy now blatantly beg for titbits all along the tracks.
  
-The most spectacular peak here, which we can see from our bedroom window, is Long's Peak at 14,236 feet, and 10,000 people climb it each year! When I read this I couldn't believe it, but I did after we climbed it ourselves and saw the mobs. Such crowds are dangerous because one of the chutes which has to be climbed is very steep and narrow and displaced rocks fly down disconcertingly. Also, passing people going the other way on the ledges is quite an acrobatic feat. Thirty-nine people have been killed in the last ten years, though most of these have been on winter or technical climbs. It is an 18-mile trek (there and back) and 5,000 feet of actual climb (ignoring ups an downs). There is only one non-technical route, and this year this was only open (i e. snow-free) for about four weeks. It's similar to Mount Anne but bigger and steeper. The altitude makes it a bit more difficult too. We have climbed two higher peaks but Long's is definitely the most exciting - it's easy to see why it is so popular.+The most spectacular peak here, which we can see from our bedroom window, is Long's Peak at 14,236 feet, and 10,000 people climb it each year! When I read this I couldn't believe it, but I did after we climbed it ourselves and saw the mobs. Such crowds are dangerous because one of the chutes which has to be climbed is very steep and narrow and displaced rocks fly down disconcertingly. Also, passing people going the other way on the ledges is quite an acrobatic feat. Thirty-nine people have been killed in the last ten years, though most of these have been on winter or technical climbs. It is an 18-mile trek (there and back) and 5,000 feet of actual climb (ignoring ups an downs). There is only one non-technical route, and this year this was only open (i.e. snow-free) for about four weeks. It's similar to Mount Anne but bigger and steeper. The altitude makes it a bit more difficult too. We have climbed two higher peaks but Long's is definitely the most exciting - it's easy to see why it is so popular.
  
 :The big problem in climbing here, which you don't get in Australia and New Zealand is lightning. In summer, thunderstorms build up virtually every day by lunchtime and vicious ground strikes bang down on all sides. In the USA 500 people a year are killed by lightning and another 1,500 maimed. It is the next biggest cause of accidental death and injury after road accidents. Furthermore a disproportionate number of these deaths and injuries occur in Colorado, and a disproportionate number of the Coloradan deaths and injuries occur to climbers. :The big problem in climbing here, which you don't get in Australia and New Zealand is lightning. In summer, thunderstorms build up virtually every day by lunchtime and vicious ground strikes bang down on all sides. In the USA 500 people a year are killed by lightning and another 1,500 maimed. It is the next biggest cause of accidental death and injury after road accidents. Furthermore a disproportionate number of these deaths and injuries occur in Colorado, and a disproportionate number of the Coloradan deaths and injuries occur to climbers.
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 Members of SBW are a truly amazing group of people, with a love of walking and a strong interest in Mother Nature's amazing and diverse handiwork. The evening of 26 May saw members who were fortunate to be able to attend the club meeting entranced by one aspect of that handiwork with scenes of Hawaiian volcanoes, which Peter Miller showed to us by means of the "magic lantern" slide show. Members of SBW are a truly amazing group of people, with a love of walking and a strong interest in Mother Nature's amazing and diverse handiwork. The evening of 26 May saw members who were fortunate to be able to attend the club meeting entranced by one aspect of that handiwork with scenes of Hawaiian volcanoes, which Peter Miller showed to us by means of the "magic lantern" slide show.
  
-A bush walkers paradise they are not, but rather they are great places for astronauts to be trained in'travelling over harsh lunar landscapes, with all the comforts of the flesh spots close to hand (figuratively speaking, of course). Peter was fortunate to be a member of a small group who visited many of the volcanoes of Hawaii as part of a geology tour of the islands. Peter explained how the islands in the chain had been formed by the earth's tectonic plates moving extremely slowly over crustal hot spots.+A bush walkers paradise they are not, but rather they are great places for astronauts to be trained in travelling over harsh lunar landscapes, with all the comforts of the flesh spots close to hand (figuratively speaking, of course). Peter was fortunate to be a member of a small group who visited many of the volcanoes of Hawaii as part of a geology tour of the islands. Peter explained how the islands in the chain had been formed by the earth's tectonic plates moving extremely slowly over crustal hot spots.
  
 The harsh waterless landscape of craters, cinder cones, lava tubes, lava flows, and so on, were a fascinating insight into how new land is formed and moulded by the climate, the ocean and by man. Among the slides shown were some of the recent eruptions, which Peter was quick to admit were slides purchased in Hawaii, these slides showed the spectacle of volcanic eruptions, giving us a brief glimpse at the processes which formed significant parts of the earth's surface. The harsh waterless landscape of craters, cinder cones, lava tubes, lava flows, and so on, were a fascinating insight into how new land is formed and moulded by the climate, the ocean and by man. Among the slides shown were some of the recent eruptions, which Peter was quick to admit were slides purchased in Hawaii, these slides showed the spectacle of volcanic eruptions, giving us a brief glimpse at the processes which formed significant parts of the earth's surface.
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