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This paper presents documentary evidence suggesting that the most recent volcanic activity in Germany may have occurred just over 200 years ago, rather than the 11 000 years held currently (Ulmener Maar, West Eifel). Several descriptions recounted here suggest that a mountain in Germany, the Gleichberg, may have erupted in the early summer of 1783. The reports of the volcanic event are laden with detail that would tempt the reader to accept them as genuine descriptions of an eruption, had the event been located in an historically active volcanic region. However, there are several reasons to suggest that the...

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