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2011-06-03 10:45:16

A 3-D model of a volcanic explosion, based on the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state, may enhance our understanding of how some volcanic explosions occur and help identify of blast zones for potentially dangerous locations, according to an international team of volcanologists. "We took on the modeling of enormously complicated pyroclastic density currents, notably the classic, notorious May 1980 lateral blast that destroyed 500 square kilometers of forested terrain at Mount...

2011-05-26 13:01:00

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of NASA-funded researchers has measured for the first time water from the moon in the form of tiny globules of molten rock, which have turned to glass-like material trapped within crystals. Data from these newly-discovered lunar melt inclusions indicate the water content of lunar magma is 100 times higher than previous studies suggested. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The inclusions were...

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2011-05-26 14:45:00

A team of NASA-funded researchers has measured water from the moon that shows some parts of the lunar mantle have as much water as the Earth's upper mantle. The research, from Case Western Reserve University, Carnegie Institution for Science, and Brown University, shows 100 times more water than measured before. Scientists discovered water along with volatile elements in lunar magma trapped inside of crystals that are themselves trapped inside tiny volcanic glass beads. The team of...

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2011-05-24 14:55:00

About 500 flights were grounded on Tuesday after ash from an Icelandic volcano moved its way through Britain and towards northern Europe. The clouds caused flights in and out of Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland to be cancelled. British Airways led the way in canceling flights as the ash-cloud from the Grimsvötn volcano spread eastwards. "Approximately 500 flights were cancelled from the approximately 29,000 that would have been expected today across Europe," said a...

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2011-05-24 09:18:33

As Iceland's Grímsvötn volcano spews ash high into the atmosphere, satellite observations are providing essential information to advisory centers assessing the possible hazards to aviation. The Grímsvötn volcano in southeast Iceland, which had been dormant since 2004, started erupting in the evening of 21 May. As a consequence, the country's airspace has been closed. Memories are still fresh of the chaos caused by the Eyjafjallajoekull eruption...

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2011-05-23 06:05:00

After lying dormant underneath a glacier since 2004, a volcano in Iceland began spewing steam, ash and smoke into the upper atmosphere on Sunday. Despite the impressive show, this eruption is less likely to endanger air traffic as a similar eruption last did last year. Closing the main airport in the country as a precaution, pilots were warned to steer clear of Iceland as areas close to the Grimsvotn (GREEMSH-votn) volcano were plunged into darkness. Scientists, however, explain that another...

2011-05-13 07:00:00

VANCOUVER, May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Magma Energy Corp. ("Magma") (TSX: MXY) and Plutonic Power Corporation ("Plutonic") (TSX: PCC) today announced the completion of the merger of Magma and Plutonic pursuant to a plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement").  As previously announced, the Arrangement was approved by the Supreme Court of British Columbia on May 9, 2011. Pursuant to the Arrangement, Magma has acquired all of the outstanding shares of Plutonic on the basis of 2.38...

2011-05-12 13:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New data analysis from NASA's Galileo spacecraft reveals a subsurface ocean of molten or partially molten magma beneath the surface of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The finding heralds the first direct confirmation of this kind of magma layer at Io and explains why the moon is the most volcanic object known in the solar system. The research was conducted by scientists at the...

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2011-05-12 14:55:00

NASA said on Thursday that its Galileo spacecraft has revealed a subsurface ocean of molten, or partially molten, magma beneath the surface of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io. The research is the first direct confirmation of this kind of magma layer at Io and explains why the moon is the most volcanic object known in the solar system. "Scientists are excited we finally understand where Io's magma is coming from and have an explanation for some of the mysterious signatures we saw in some of the...

2011-05-02 07:30:00

VANCOUVER, May 2 /PRNewswire/ - Magma Energy Corp. (TSX: MXY) today announced that its 2011 third quarter results will be released on Thursday, May 12th , 2011 after markets close. A conference call and live audio webcast to discuss the results will be held on Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 11:30 am ET (8:30 am PT). Fiscal Year 2011 Q3 Results Conference Call and Webcast Information Date: Friday, May 13, 2011 Time: 11:30 am Eastern Time - 8:30 am Pacific Time Dial-In Numbers:...


Latest Igneous rocks Reference Libraries

Hualālai
2014-04-10 12:06:55

Hualālai is a dormant shield volcano that is located on the island of Hawaii and is one of five volcanoes that form the island. It reaches an elevation of 8,271 feet and is thought to have emerged from the sea about 300,000 years ago, making it the third youngest volcano on the island. Its shape is rough compared to younger volcanoes and it holds three rift zones that are covered with over one hundred cinder cones and spatter cones. Although it does not hold a caldera at its summit, it does...

Kohala
2014-04-10 10:03:58

Kohala is an extinct shield volcano that is located on the island of Hawaii and reaches an elevation of 5,480 feet. It is one of five volcanoes that comprise the island of Hawaii and is thought to be about one million years old, although it only emerged from the sea about 500,000 years ago. Because its last eruption is thought to have occurred about 120,000 years ago, based on studies conducted on hardened lava flows, this volcano is not thought to pose a threat to inhabitants on the island....

Askja
2014-04-09 16:13:20

Askja is an active stratovolcano that is located in the isolated central highlands in Iceland. It reaches an elevation of 4,974 feet and its name literally means caldera, or box, in the Icelandic language. The area can only be reached during a period of a few months and because it located in the rain shadow of the Vatnajökull glacier to the northeast, it only receives 17.7 inches of rain per year. One of Askja’s smaller craters holds a lake known as Öskjuvatn, which is often frozen over...

Eldfell
2014-04-08 12:54:37

Eldfell is an active stratovolcano that is located in Iceland on the island of Heimaey, in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. It reaches an elevation of 656 feet and was created during a volcanic eruption on the east side of the island in 1973. Its name means Mountain of Fire in the Icelandic language. Iceland is an area with a high frequency of volcanic activity because it is located on top of the Iceland hotspot and beside the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. So many eruptions occur here that it is thought...

Kīlauea
2014-04-08 12:33:13

Kīlauea is an active shield volcano that is located on the island of Hawaii and is located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This volcano, which reaches an elevation of 4,091 feet, is one of five volcanoes that form the island and it is the most active. It is thought to be between 300,000 and 600,000 years old and is the second youngest of all the Hawaii volcanoes. It was formed when the Pacific tectonic plate moved over the Hawaiian hotspot and like other Hawaiian volcanoes, it began...

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  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
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