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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...

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2010-04-22 11:15:00

Despite strong tremors in the area, much less ash and smoke were rising from the Iceland volcano that crippled European air travel for much of the past week. Meanwhile, skies started to clear in Europe, which led to a rare sighting of blue skies in countries where such sights are usually obstructed by airplane exhaust fumes, according to Associated Press (AP) writers Joji Sakurai and Karl Ritter. "Just as city lights make it necessary for us to go to the desert to appreciate the true glitter...

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2010-04-21 06:10:00

As airports across Europe reopened Tuesday and the long process of returning thousands of stranded passengers to their homes began, the ongoing fallout of recent volcanic eruptions in Iceland delayed the delivery of polio vaccine to Africa and caused concern that another, more dangerous eruption could soon occur at another nearby volcano. Last Wednesday, the volcano located beneath the Eyjafjallajokull glacier began erupting, spewing ash that covered local farmland, shot as high as 30,000...

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2010-04-20 10:38:21

The volcanic eruption in Iceland that has crippled European air travel for days is now beginning to produce molten lava, meaning that less ash should be produced and raising hopes that the existing cloud that has forced flights to be grounded could finally start dispersing. On April 19, commercial helicopter pilot Reynir Petursson told AFP reporter Sebastian Smith, "We saw the eruption changing from being explosions of ash"¦ It's the first day we saw lava. It's not flowing, but...

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2010-04-19 15:10:00

New techniques under development could provide better tracking of volcanic plumes A University at Buffalo volcanologist, an expert in volcanic ash cloud transport, published a paper recently showing how the jet stream "“ the area in the atmosphere that pilots prefer to fly in "“ also seems to be the area most likely to be impacted by plumes from volcanic ash. "That's a problem," says Marcus I. Bursik, PhD, one of the foremost experts on volcanic plumes and their effect on aviation...

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2010-04-19 10:50:00

While the ongoing eruption of a volcano in Iceland has caused havoc for local farmers and travelers throughout Europe, a possible eruption of a much stronger volcano at the Yellowstone National Park would be potentially devastating, a representative from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) told reporters on Monday. "The impact would be severe," Bill Burton, a volcanologist with the agency, told the AFP news agency. Fortunately, he adds, "The next major eruption for Yellowstone, if you have a...

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2010-04-19 06:50:00

As ash caused by a volcanic eruption crippled European air travel for a fourth straight day on Sunday, hope that the travel restrictions could soon be lifted came in the form of a few successful test flights. On April 18, a British Airways Boeing 747 jumbo jet successfully flew through the cloud of volcanic ash, travelling from Heathrow Airport in London out over the Atlantic Ocean during a three hour flight. A British Airways spokesman and told the AFP, "The conditions were perfect and the...

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2010-04-17 11:00:00

In the past, volcanic eruptions have had a cooling effect on the Earth's climate, but the recent Icelandic eruption is too small to provide any relief from manmade global warming, scientists said on Friday. The biggest cooling event of the last 30 years was the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, which cooled the Earth's surface by nearly 1 degree Fahrenheit over the following year. This, in turn, was enough to offset the impact of greenhouse gases from 1991 to 1993. The Mount St. Helens...

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2010-04-17 10:50:00

Volcanic ash  fall could contaminate Iceland's drinking water in certain areas due to the ongoing Eyjafjallajokull eruption. Health officials also warned that the biggest health risk would be to livestock. "It is important to prevent the ash from reaching water supplies, both for public and animal health reasons and for safe milk production," Halldor Runolfsson of the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority told AFP. Most of Iceland's water supply comes from underground sources,...

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2010-04-16 15:15:00

Thousands of planes are grounded across Europe due to the spread of volcanic ash following the recent eruption under Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull glacier. Volcanic eruptions eject large amounts of ash and trace gases such as sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere, often reaching the altitudes of scheduled flights. When flying through a volcanic ash cloud, ash particles enter the jet engines which can result in engine failure. The ash can also severely damage the material of the aircraft, clog its...


Latest Igneous rocks Reference Libraries

Mount Nyiragongo
2014-08-28 11:22:30

Mount Nyiragongo is an active stratovolcano that is located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This volcano is part of the Virunga Mountains and is located in Virunga National Park. It reaches an elevation of 11,385 feet and has a crater that reaches 1.2 miles in width. This crater typically holds a lava lake that has varied between 2,000 and 10,660 feet in depth. It is not known how long this volcano has been active, but at least 34 eruptions have been recorded since 1882. Mount...

Chaitén
2014-08-28 10:38:21

Chaitén is a volcanic caldera that is located in southern Chile that reaches an elevation of 3,681 feet. It is thought that this volcano once held a rhyolite obsidian lava dome that reached 3,156 in height, but this was destroyed after its most recent eruption in 2008. In the past, this volcano has released grey obsidian, which was used by pre-Columbian cultures to make many objects, some of which have been found 250 miles away from the volcano. Chaitén experienced the beginning of a new...

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...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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