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Volcanic eruptions may seem destructive but they are among the beneficial forces of a living planet: forces that build mountains, create oceans, and provide for live. Only when our planet has finished cooling will there be no volcanoes. Then, Earth will be a dead planet much like Mars.

The eruption of Parícutin in Mexico, 1943, is considered the modern day equivalent of the Sunset eruption.