Silkstone Primary School

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Mountain Souvenirs

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‘I’ in Class 3 is the lucky owner of some very special rocks. His first pieces are from Mount Everest which is over 60 million years old. It rises 8840 metres above sea level and its summit forms the border of Nepal to the South and China to the North. Rocks are not normally allowed to be removed from the mountain but the one’s that ‘I’ owns were brought down for scientific study by Oxford university in 2009.
The other rock is actually lava from Mount Vesuvius which is one of the most well known (and still active) volcanoes in the world. It is estimated to be about 17,000 years old and is the only volcano on the European mainland that has erupted during the last century. Located in Italy about 9 miles from the city of Naples, visitors can climb the mountain and walk to within 200 yards of the summit. The most famous eruption happened in 79AD when it completely buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.



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