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2010-05-11 07:13:05

Although the Eyjafjoell volcano in Iceland has continued to erupt since April 14, it is spewing far less ash than last week when it caused new interruptions to flights throughout Europe, according to a geologist on Monday. The volcano was responsible for the massive shutdown in flights across Europe last month, the likes of which have not been seen since World War II. The shutdown affected more than 100,000 flights and eight million passengers over a week. Last Thursday, a secondary...

2010-05-10 15:47:18

Scientists have used quantum mechanics to reveal that the most common mineral on Earth is relatively uncommon deep within the planet. Using several of the largest supercomputers in the nation, a team of physicists led by Ohio State University has been able to simulate the behavior of silica in a high-temperature, high-pressure form that is particularly difficult to study firsthand in the lab. The resulting discovery -- reported in this week's early online edition of the Proceedings of the...

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2010-05-07 11:45:00

New eruptions from Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull volcano have produced a 1600 km-wide ash cloud over the Atlantic. The brownish plume, travelling east and then south, is clearly visible in stark contrast to white clouds framing this Envisat image from 6 May. The volcano began emitting steam and ash on 20 March, wreaking havoc on European aviation last month. Renewed activity earlier this week caused some flights to be suspended to and from Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Authorities are...

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2010-05-05 12:15:00

A scientific team led by Dr Peter Talling of the UK's National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is currently aboard the Royal Research Ship James Cook to map extremely large landslide deposits offshore from an active volcano on Montserrat in the Lesser Antilles. The volcano has been erupting episodically since 1995, with the last major eruption and volcanic dome collapse occurring in February 2010. Previous eruptions on the island have included the largest volcanic dome collapses ever documented....

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2010-05-04 10:38:13

Ash from Iceland's erupting volcano has once again disrupted air travel in Europe, forcing flight delays in the U.K. and Ireland, according to various media reports on Tuesday. BBC News reported that "flights in and out of Cardiff Airport to Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic have been disrupted by a new cloud of volcanic ash"¦ Flights from Cardiff to Belfast, Cork and Belfast were cancelled earlier when planes were grounded from 0700 BST." Furthermore, AFP reporter Andrew Bushe...

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2010-04-30 05:55:00

A team of researchers from the UK's National Oceanography Centre will be spending the next month investigating how recent eruptions of an Icelandic volcano have effected marine life in the North Atlantic, according to a Thursday BBC News report. Earlier this month, eruptions at a volcano located beneath the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southern Iceland covered the area with volcanic dust and created an ash cloud that crippled European air travel for the better part of a week. Now, the research...

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2010-04-27 13:34:53

The national seismological institute said the Santiaguito volcano showered sand and ash Monday over a large area of western Guatemala in an "unusual" and "violent" eruption. It said that winds were carrying the ash in a northeasterly direction from the volcano, 7,500 feet above sea level in the province of Quetzaltenango, 123 miles west of the capital. The institute said that the ash plume spread across six provinces, raising fears of damage to crops, while classes were suspended at schools...

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2010-04-24 07:25:00

More than four million Internet users from 150 countries are watching the Iceland volcano eruptions via webcams transmitting the activity live online. The webcams have been transmitting the feed since the volcano began erupting on April 14, according to the site administrator. The figure is a record for an Icelandic website, the administrator said; adding that numerous international sites that posted the http://eldgos.mila.is (http://mila.is/english/) link to the webcams have boosted...

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2010-04-23 12:50:00

Study of volcano-ice interaction offers window into geologic past and clues about Earth's long-term climate cycles Glaciovolcanoes, they're called, these rumbling mountains where the orange-red fire of magma meets the frozen blue of glaciers. Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which erupted recently, is but one of these volcanoes. Others, such as Katla, Hekla and Askja in Iceland; Edziza in British Columbia, Canada; and Mount Rainier and Mount Redoubt in the U.S., are also...

2010-04-23 06:59:00

NEW YORK, April 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Games2win Inc - a top 20 Global online games company announced the release of its online game 'Volcano Flight Control' on its game portal -http://www.gangofgamers.com. The game is inspired by the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland and the challenges the incident created for airlines and passengers. In 'Volcano Flight Control', the player has to pilot an airline across volcanic ash strewn skies and navigate the plane so to avoid damage...


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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