A stretch of volcanic desert at Matupit Island

PA243217 Instant desert, Matupit

When Tavurvur volcano (seen quietly smoking in the background) blew its top in 1994, its searing gases and acid, acrid, abrasive ash swept across this area, killing every living thing in its path (but no people -- everyone had been well warned and had cleared out days before). Twenty years on, Kokopo Tours takes visitors from around the world to see how this swathe remains a desert. PA243217

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