National Geographic : 1965 Jul
EKTACHROME(IMMEDIATELY BELOW) BY WALTER SCHAER;KODACHROMES BY FRED WARD, BLACK STAR (OPPOSITE), AND PAUL CONKLIN © N.G.S. Like Roman candles, incandescent rocks shoot from Iraz6. Beneath smoke-darkened skies a Costa Rican farmer and his oxen move corn along a dirt road blackened by volcanic ash. Cart's painted wheels, fashioned from wedges of durable alliga tor wood, a scaly-barked citrus, are so carefully seasoned and fitted that the play of wheels on axles makes them "sing" with a rhythmic rattling and clacking. Plume of gritty smoke streams from Costa Rica's Irazu vol cano. Erupting after a 45-year sleep, the crater in March, 1963, began to hurl millions of tons of ash over the Central Plateau, where three-fourths of the nation's 1,400,000 citizens live. Since December, 1964, Irazu has subsided, breaking forth only inter mittently and throwing out much less ash.