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Why ash and aircraft don't mix

A volcanic ash cloud is an abrasive combination of fine rock, minerals and glass particles. Concentrated ash clouds near a volcano can cause catastrophic damage, but even planes that fly through diluted clouds hundreds of miles away must be checked for potential problems.


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Ash-filled skies ground thousands
Article | LONDON -- With a monstrous cloud of volcanic ash closing down airports from Britain to Finland to Austria on Friday, much of Europe was confronting a bizarre question: What do you do in a world without air travel?
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Ash-filled skies ground thousands
Article | LONDON -- With a monstrous cloud of volcanic ash closing down airports from Britain to Finland to Austria on Friday, much of Europe was confronting a bizarre question: What do you do in a world without air travel?
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