Meanwhile, the Chilean volcano, Chaitén, continues to spew ash across more than 1000 miles of South America -- across Patagonia and Argentina. What is the effect of this ash on the landscape upon which it falls? Evidently the Chilean scientists are telling the people that the ash is not toxic. Yet, volcanic ash can have very bad effect on people and animals in its path according to this USGS report. Also, wet volcanic ash is a good conductor of electricity according to the USGS. Check out the 11th picture in this set if you are curious to see how good it can be at that task.
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