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The Magic Vault
Description: Commander George Dyott and his expedition narrowly escape from an eruption of the Chimborazo volcano.
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Clip #: TFA-335A
Length: 10:15
Year: 1932
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1930s
Region: South America
Country: Ecuador
Subject: Volcanos
Original: 16mm
1930s, Ecuador, "magic vault" opening and Commander George Dyott walking inside, Commander Dyott opening movie film canister and looking at film, Chimborazo volcano, Riobamba, street scenes, market, pedestrians, Ecuadorian men working as porters for Dyott expedition, young boy holding puppy, Dyott expedition to Chimborazo volcano setting off, winding mountain trail, mules being ridden and used to carry supplies, deep gorge, rapids, waterfall, expedition members climbing mountainside on foot through deep fog and rain, expedition setting up camp in sheltered area, cloud obscured Chimborazo summit with steam pouring out of crater, steep climb to summit, mountain climbing, jets of steam rising from amongst rocks, expedition members approaching Chimborazo main crater, active volcano with increasing steam and wind, expedition members suddenly running away from crater right before it erupts, expedition members walking through fumes and dust in search of victims, survivors gathered and waiting for conditions to improve, pool of molten lava in volcano crater, survivors departing from volcano and descending mountainside towards camp, rocks rolling down slopes, low angle heavy smoke clouds rising from volcano, “magic vault” closing

Chimborazo is a currently inactive stratovolcano in the Cordillera Occidental range of the Andes. Its last known eruption is believed to have occurred around 550 C.E.[4] With a peak elevation of 6,263 m (20,548 ft), Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador. It is the highest peak near the equator. Chimborazo is not the highest mountain by elevation above sea level, but its location along the equatorial bulge makes its summit the farthest point on the Earth's surface from the Earth's center.

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