Sunday, June 25, 2006

Cotopaxi - Volcano Of Reverse Psychology



Epithet after epithet was found too weak to convey to those who have not visited the intertropical regions, the sensations of delight which the mind experiences. - Charles Darwin.

Cotopaxi (0.7S 78.4W) is a stratovolcano with a summit elevation of 19,388 feet (5,911 m). It has erupted 50 times since 1738. The 1877 eruption melted snow and ice on the summit, which produced mudflows that traveled 60 miles (100 km) from the volcano. The most recent eruption of Cotopaxi ended in 1904. Reports of an eruption in 1942 have not been confirmed. The most recent activity was an increase in steam emissions, melting snow, and small earthquakes from 1975-1976.

Ecuador's anthem is another example of a "Latin American epic anthem". The lyrics were written in 1865 (the author, Juan León Mera, later served as president of the Ecuadoran senate) and set to music the following year. Except in formal occassions (where the second verse is performed, followed by the third verse and the the second verse is repeated), the second verse is the verse that's sung out of the seven verses of the poem (six of which make up the complete lyrics of the anthem.)

"Salve, Oh Patria!" (We Salute You Our Homeland) Words by: Juan León Mera, music by: Antonio Neumane. Adopted: 1886




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2 Comments:

At 10:20 PM, Blogger The Man Who Couldn't Blog quoth...

Home taping is killing music...I'm sorry. I'm sorry to be involved in the killing of music. I can't seem to help myself. I think I'm still mad at music because of the way music raised me. Music raised me poorly, and I'm taking it out on music. By killing music.

As a man who cannot blog, let me tell you how bewildered and impressed by your ability to blog. I assume you use some sort of performance enhancing drugs.

 
At 7:27 PM, Blogger JerseyTjej quoth...

What he said...and I love this photo!

 

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