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volcano mantle plume theory wrong
2014-09-10 11:26:57

Marcus Woo, California Institute of Technology In the typical textbook picture, volcanoes, such as those that are forming the Hawaiian islands, erupt when magma gushes out as narrow jets from deep inside Earth. But that picture is wrong, according to a new study from researchers at Caltech and the University of Miami in Florida. New seismology data are now confirming that such narrow jets don't actually exist, says Don Anderson, the Eleanor and John R. McMillian Professor of Geophysics,...

2014-08-28 12:34:31

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For over a week, earthquakes have threatened an eruption by Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano. Travelers who remember the Icelandic volcano eruption in 2010 are already turning to travel insurance to learn their options. To answer their questions, Squaremouth, America's fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, has launched The Icelandic Volcano and Travel Insurance Information Center. The comprehensive center includes official...

Hot Springs at Yellowstone
2014-08-28 07:45:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1883, a volcanic eruption in a small archipelago of the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) changed the world. The eruption and subsequent tsunamis caused by the Krakatau eruption resulted in over 36,000 deaths, including all 3,000 souls on the island. The ocean floor was altered, and temperature and weather patterns didn't return to normal for 5 years. And although the ash in the atmosphere produced spectacular sunsets, the lowered...

Citizen Scientists Safeguarding Communities Around The ‘Throat Of Fire’ Volcano
2014-08-25 03:28:11

University of East Anglia Citizen scientists are saving the lives of people living in the shadow of deadly volcanoes according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A new report published today reveals the success of a volunteer group set up to safeguard communities around the ‘Throat of Fire’ Tungurahua volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. More than 600 million people live close to active volcanoes worldwide. The research shows that living safely in these dangerous...

2014-08-22 20:20:04

Observance of August 24 Pompeii Tragedy Sheds Light on California's Vulnerability LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- During a news conference held at the California Science Center, experts shared their perspectives on volcanoes and earthquakes in Southern California and the importance of being prepared. The event took place in Pompeii: The Exhibition, in a gallery that displays images of some of the world's active volcanoes. August 24 marks the anniversary of the Mt. Vesuvius...

isotope anomalies in atmospheric sulfates
2014-08-06 02:00:54

Susan Brown, UC San Diego Anomalous isotopes trace Earth’s ancient atmosphere, past El Niño events and future climate Sulfur signals in the Antarctic snow have revealed the importance of overlooked atmospheric chemistry for understanding climate, past and future. Eruptions of huge volcanoes, the disruptive weather pattern known as El Niño, and a fire season from hell each left distinctive chemical marks in layers of snow excavated near the South Pole, researchers from the...

volcanic eruptions on Io
2014-08-05 04:32:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In August of last year, Jupiter's moon Io surprised astronomers with three massive volcanic eruptions within a two-week period. Two studies, accepted for publication in the journal Icarus, suggest that these volcanic "outbursts" might occur more commonly than previously thought. "We typically expect one huge outburst every one or two years, and they're usually not this bright," said Imke de Pater, professor and chair of astronomy at...

Pele Is Powerful, Even In The Sky
2014-07-30 03:13:40

University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST A recent study from the atmospheric scientists at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa revealed that although they are microscopic, gasses and particles from Kīlauea volcano exerted an influence on Tropical Storm Flossie—affecting the formation of thunderstorms and lightning in the sizable storm. In July 2013, as Flossie approached the Hawaiian Islands, satellites steadily monitored lightning, rainfall, cloud cover, temperature and winds, In addition,...

Mount Rainier plumbing
2014-07-19 05:07:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new, detailed image of the volcanic plumbing beneath Mt. Rainier has been created by a group of researchers from the University of Utah, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the College of New Jersey and the University of Bergen, Norway. The study, published in Nature, measured how fast the Earth conducts electricity and seismic waves. "This is the most direct image yet capturing the melting process that feeds magma into a crustal...

volcanic eruptions cambrian extinction
2014-05-31 06:19:01

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This week has certainly been heavy on extinction news. Seth Borenstein's enlightening AP article is one, detailing that the Earth may, in fact, be on the brink of the Sixth Great Extinction event. Citing the loss of species at a rate of 1,000 times faster than at any time prior to the rise of the human race, Borenstein's story states we are toying with disaster and whether or not humans make it out of this alive depends fully on...


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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...

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...

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...

Zubair Group
2014-04-10 10:08:46

Zubair Group, also known as Zubayr Group or Al Zubair Group, is a chain of volcanic islands belonging to Yemen that are located on top of a shield volcano in the Red Sea. Zubair Group The largest island, known as Zubair, is among the youngest islands, which also include Saba, Saddle, and Haycock. The shield volcano underneath the islands began a period of eruptions and eventually quieted down, followed by a period of explosive and effusive eruptions that formed the islands that are present...

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....

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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