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Iceland's Basalt Pillars Formed By Slow Lava And Water
2013-10-09 15:55:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Icelandic folk legend has it that the rocky pillars in the country’s Skaelingar Valley were projectiles fired into the ground by armies of warring trolls. However, a new study in Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research indicates that these hollow pillars of basalt were formed by a very slow lava flow oozing from Iceland's volcanoes and interacting with water. The researchers’ conclusion is unusual because the mixing of water...

Study Shows Extrusive Volcanism Formed Hawaiian Islands
2013-10-07 09:17:25

University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST A recent study by researchers at the University of Hawaii – Manoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and the University of Rhode Island (URI) changes the understanding of how the Hawaiian Islands formed. Scientists have determined that it is the eruptions of lava on the surface, extrusion, which grow Hawaiian volcanoes, rather than internal emplacement of magma, as was previously thought. Before this work, most scientists...

Volcano Experts Identify Source Of Largest Eruption In Past 3,700 Years
2013-10-01 16:24:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Vulcanologist have identified the source of the largest volcanic eruption in the last 3,700 years, which was said to have created a ‘Pompeii of the East,’ according to a newly published report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using a wide range of scientific techniques, the study researchers were able to identify the Samalas volcano in Indonesia as the source of a 1257 AD eruption that sent volcanic ash around...

Scientists Document Scavenging For Oxygen In Seawater Circulating Through Deep Oceanic Crust
2013-09-27 11:16:26

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Although long thought to be devoid of life, the bottom of the deep ocean is now known to harbor entire ecosystems teeming with microbes. Scientists have recently documented that oxygen is disappearing from seawater circulating through deep oceanic crust, a significant first step in understanding the way life in the "deep biosphere" beneath the sea floor is able to survive and thrive. The new research findings were published in the journal Nature...

Earthquake Deep Below Sea Of Okhotsk Has Scientists Puzzled
2013-09-20 04:06:10

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists know that on May 24, 2013, a magnitude 8.3 earthquake occurred beneath the Sea of Okhotsk off the coast of Russia. What they don’t know is how or why it happened. The earthquake occurred at a depth of approximately 378 miles (609 kilometers). However, according to Thorne Lay, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and his colleagues, the intense pressure on the...

Scientists Reveal New Insight Into Formation Of Earth’s Continents
2013-09-16 17:42:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the journal Nature Geoscience say they've unveiled more clues about how continents formed early in the Earth's history. The latest research provides strong evidence against continent formation above a hot mantle plume. Instead, the analysis indicates that the nuclei of Earth's continents formed as a byproduct of the mountain-building processes, by stacking up slabs of relatively cold oceanic crust....

Newly Discovered Seismic Waves Reveal Earth's Volcanic Hotspots
2013-09-06 08:40:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A previously unknown channel of slow-moving seismic waves in the Earth’s mantle has been discovered by a team of scientists from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Maryland. These waves help to explain "hotspot volcanoes" that give birth to island chains such as Hawaii and Tahiti. The findings of this study have been published in Science Express. Hotspot volcanoes form in the middle of tectonic plates,...

Biggest Volcano On Earth At Bottom Of Pacific Ocean
2013-09-05 16:59:25

[ Watch the Video: Pacific Ocean Home To World's Largest Volcano ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Researchers, led by University of Houston professor William Sager, have been able to confirm the existence of the world’s largest single volcano at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, according to an upcoming report in Nature Geoscience. Called Tamu Massif, the volcano covers an area about the size of the British Isles. Without a similar volcano here on Earth,...

Predicting Activity Inside And Out For Peruvian Volcanoes
2013-09-03 04:56:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Underneath volcanoes, water and fire coexist to generate “hydrothermal” systems. These systems are complex “steam engines” that produce white smoke – fumaroles – sometimes observed at the surface. A new study, led by the Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), demonstrates why these hydrothermal reservoirs are not always found under volcanic peaks. The volcanologists conducted their study at the Ticsani and...

Cassini Data Reveals Unexpected Features In Titan’s Icy Outer Shell
2013-08-28 15:52:50

[ Watch the Video: A Titan View from Huygens ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Cassini, a joint NASA/ESA/ASI orbiter, arrived at Saturn a little over nine years and has been observing the ringed planet and its moons ever since. The latest data from the spacecraft shows that the planet's largest moon, Titan, has some unexpected features. A new study published in the journal Nature reveals that Titan's rigid outer ice shell has some features quite different from any...


Latest Plate tectonics 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...

2014-08-28 11:14:31

Nevado del Ruiz, also known as La Mesa de Herveo, is an active stratovolcano that is located along the border of the Colombian territories, or departments, of Caldas and Tolima. It reaches an elevation of 17,457 and is shaped like a cone. This volcano is protected within Los Nevados National Natural Park, along with many other volcanoes, and it is a popular tourist destination. Winter activities like skiing are conducted here as well as hiking and fishing. Nevado del Ruiz is part of the...

Galeras
2014-08-28 10:56:28

Galeras is a stratovolcano that is located in Nariño, a Colombian controlled territory. This volcano, which reaches a height of 14,029 feet, is highly active and the most active volcano in Colombia. It primarily contains andesite and holds two calderas that were created by eruptions in the past 560,000 years. Although it is shaped like a horseshoe, eruptions have caused a cone shaped structure to build up in one of the calderas. It was labeled a Decade Volcano in 1991, despite its recent...

Villarrica
2014-08-19 11:03:54

Villarrica, also known as Rucapillán, is an active stratovolcano that is located in Chile and is protected within Villarrica National Park. This volcano is one of five known volcanoes to have a lava lake within its crater and it often produces strombolian eruptions that contain lava flows and incandescent pyroclasts. It is one of three volcanoes that occur along the Gastre Fault Zone, along with the less active Quetrupillán and Lanín volcanoes. During the Valdivia Interglacial, it...

Hoodoo Mountain
2014-08-19 10:23:50

Hoodoo Mountain is flat-topped stratovolcano that is located in British Columbia, Canada and is part of the Northern Cordilleran Volcanic Province and the Pacific Ring of Fire. It is thought to be potentially active and was named for the needle like projections that protrude from it. These lava spines, or hoodoos, reach heights of 492 feet, making it the most distinct mountain in that area of the Boundary Ranges. Hoodoo Mountain is primarily flat-topped, which led volcanologist Jack Souther...

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