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Liftstützen ragten aus dem Lavameer

English translation: lift masts emerge from the sea of lava

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07:02 Jul 29, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: Liftstützen ragten aus dem Lavameer
Liftstützen ragten aus dem
Lavameer

Zusammenhang: Ätnaausbruch
xxxHerwig Klost
Local time: 03:11
English translation:lift masts emerge from the sea of lava
Explanation:
they are masts, same as those used for electricity and they emerge from the sea of lava, not as a verb, but rather as an adjective
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Klaus Dorn
Local time: 05:11
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Summary of answers provided
na +1There were lift masts sticking/protruding out of the sea of lava.
Mary Worby
na +1ski lift supports were towering out of the lava
Kim Metzger
naThe ski lift pylons were protruding from the sea of lava.
Tom Funke
nalift masts emerge from the sea of lavaKlaus Dorn
najutting out of the sea of lava
Kim Metzger


  

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9 mins peer agreement (net): +1
ski lift supports were towering out of the lava


Explanation:
Other possibilities for ragten: protruding, thrusting, jutting


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Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 20:11
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 21844

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11 mins
jutting out of the sea of lava


Explanation:
sea of lava for Lavameer


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Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 20:11
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1 hr
lift masts emerge from the sea of lava


Explanation:
they are masts, same as those used for electricity and they emerge from the sea of lava, not as a verb, but rather as an adjective

Klaus Dorn
Local time: 05:11
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in GermanGerman
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4 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
There were lift masts sticking/protruding out of the sea of lava.


Explanation:
This would just be another way of saying it, by turning the sentence around a bit.

IMHO it sounds a little bit more natural.

HTH

Mary

Mary Worby
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:11
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 2770

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5 hrs
The ski lift pylons were protruding from the sea of lava.


Explanation:
>>The ski lift pylons were protruding from the sea (torrent) of lava.<<

_pylon(s)_ evokes the immediate sense of something large, solid and upright -- even monumental -- while mast and tower can have somewhat less evocative and specific meanings.

From your limited context I'm assuming this is a journalistic piece describing the scene for a general audience. If so, the language here can be descriptive and evocative -- from a lay ‘viewer’s’ perspective. Technical accuracy and ski slope jargon (tower vs. mast vs. pylon etc.) would then probably be less important. You may wish to edit this a bit of course to match the context, vividness and evocativeness of the German source text. The choice of words (e.g. sea vs. torrent of lava) depends on the extent and dynamics of the lava flow, which may (or may not) be apparent from the German context, and on the emotion the scene is intended to evoke in the viewer (day scene? night scene? is there smoke? are the ski lift masts holding firm or are some being swept away? etc.)

_pylon_: several meanings in Websters, all applying to solid upright structure (some monumental) including steel tower or mast carrying cables.

Webster, Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary, ISBN 0 517 68781

HTH Tom



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    (2) have witnessed activity of Vesuvius by day and night
Tom Funke
Local time: 21:11
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 2419
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