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The Buried City Of Pompei Essay

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“Volcanoes. Call them Alpha and Omega. The beginning and the end” (Pellegrino 3). Volcanoes have been found, studied, and erupting forever. Volcanoes are a well-known piece of nature, but have you ever been in a volcanic eruption before? The conditions are horrible, the sky is black, and the city goes dark. Likewise, the city of Pompeii had an eruption that radically changed the city. This made it considered to many people “The city frozen in time”. The tragic eruption of Pompeii has changed our culture and how we live life in this time period. Pompeii left a great fingerprint on human culture because of its well-known mountain, its eruption, and its astounding burial and preservation.
What really is Pompeii though? One person might think that it is just a town that got buried by a volcano, but there is more to the story than just that. Pompeii, the city said to be frozen in time, is a city in Italy that was settled in the eighth century B.C., located about five miles from Mount Vesuvius. According to Current Science, Pompeii is estimated to have had 15,000 to 20,000 residents that lived in the city (1). “Mount Vesuvius, a volcano near the Bay of Naples in Italy, is hundreds of years of thousands of years old and has erupted more that 50 times” (History.com 1). The mountain has been around for a very long period of time, and is still standing even to this day. This mountain attracts many wealthy vacationers and tourists all around the world each year. It is also a fantastic resort and has even turned into a national park. Surprisingly, no one really seems to be afraid of another large eruption of Mount Vesuvius, even though it has been said to erupt again.
People don’t really know what happened to Pompeii, but thanks to scientists that have deciphered the code and fit the puzzle pieces together, we have a general idea of what happened to Pompeii in the first place. “For years, historians and scientists believed that the victims died of suffocation” (Current Science 1). Now, scientists have come up with a different case of death from what was before the great city of Pompeii. There is a type of explosion that is a very rare but powerful explosion that can...

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