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Scientists Find Possible Trigger For Volcanic 'Super-eruptions'
2011-10-13 03:35:17

The "super-eruption" of a major volcanic system occurs about every 100,000 years and is considered one of the most catastrophic natural events on Earth, yet scientists have long been unsure about what triggers these violent explosions.

Tenerife Landscape Reveals Explosive Past
2011-10-03 04:51:52

Volcanologists from the University of Leicester have uncovered one of the world's best-preserved accessible examples of a monstrous landslide that followed a huge volcanic eruption on the Canarian island of Tenerife.

Image 1 - Mercury Has Widespread Flood Volcanism
2011-09-29 13:23:32

NASA announced on Thursday that its MESSENGER spacecraft has found new evidence that flood volcanism has been widespread on Mercury.

Scientists Concerned By Continued Eruptions At Alaskan Volcano
2011-09-18 04:41:53

The two-month long, low-level eruptions occurring at a volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands have volcanologists worried that there could be a larger eruption forthcoming.

Remote Alaska Volcano Resumes Dome Growth
2011-09-08 04:46:08

Mount Cleveland is reported to be on watch status with an aviation color code of orange, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO).

Iceland Keeps Eye On Katla Volcano After Tremors
2011-09-07 09:33:03

Iceland’s Katla volcano has been the site of small but increasing earthquake activity but scientists said Tuesday there is no immediate concern that the increased seismic activity will trigger a dangerous eruption.

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2011-09-03 06:13:20

In his new book, ‘Deep-Sky Companions: The Secret Deep,’ Stephen James O'Meara presents 109 new objects for stargazers to observe.

Mount Etna Begins 12th Eruption Of Year
2011-08-30 09:44:46

Italy’s famed volcano Mt. Etna has erupted for the twelfth time this year, spewing lava and ash into the upper atmosphere.

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2011-08-12 13:30:19

The 2010 ash cloud from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano that disrupted air travel in the UK and cost European businesses more than 2 and a hlaf billion dollars was likely a once in a lifetime event.

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2011-08-11 08:41:57

Sunken oceanic crust resurfaces from Earth's mantle after only 500 million years.


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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