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Afterglow caused by the eruption of Krakatoa, 9 November 1883.

One of a series of sketches by William Ascroft, documenting the meteorological effects of the eruption of Krakatoa, Indonesia. On 27 August 1883, the volcano on the island of Krakatoa erupted in a massive explosion, throwing large quantities of ash and dust high into the atmosphere, producing spectacular sunsets and afterglows around the world. Volcanic dust also has a more serious impact on the world’s climate. Because it blocks a proportion of the incoming solar radiation, temperatures on the Earth’s surface are reduced. After the Krakatoa eruption, several years of poor summers and harsh winters followed as a result of this effect. Ascroft recorded optical phenomena attributed to the after-effects of the eruption until 1886.

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Inventory No.: 1888-0156
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