"This is equivalent to a huge hole in the ground extending from the Washington Monument out to well past the Beltway," Dr. Head said. "Imagine lavas coming out of this vent and covering the surrounding suburbs out to about Baltimore and the West Virginia border. The greater Washington, D.C., region would be covered with lavas to depths that would bury the Washington Monument."From the Monument to the Beltway? From Baltimore to West Virginia?
I'm sorry, but I have absolutely no idea what any of that means. Is this tiny little portion of the east coast supposed to be the center of my universe? Is it the geographical reference point that provides context to everything else in my life? I didn't know.