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Mercury May Have Hosted A Magma Ocean In Its Past
2013-02-21 13:29:25

Scientists analyzing data from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft say that Mercury once harbored an ancient magma ocean.

Scientists Compile Largest Database Of Major Volcanic Eruptions
2013-01-18 15:42:29

Scientists have compiled a database detailing around 2,000 major volcanic eruptions that occurred over the last 18 million years.

Volcanoes Erupt When Ice Melts
2012-12-19 19:24:14

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This fact holds true in a myriad of situations from physics to our global climate.

Sulphur Dioxide Detected On Venus Points To Active Volcanoes
2012-12-03 08:16:38

ESA officials explain that Venus’s thick atmosphere contains more than a million times as much sulphur dioxide as Earth’s, and offer that most of the pungent, toxic gas must be generated by volcanic eruptions.

Breaking Through The Crust: Unraveling The Magma Mystery
2012-11-30 13:54:20

Even though two-thirds of the Earth's solid surface is covered with oceanic crust, scientists still don't entirely understand the process by which it is made.

Scientists Use TNT To Predict Volcanic Explosions
2012-11-26 15:50:37

Researchers chucked some TNT into the Earth in order to study maar craters and help predict the next big eruption.

New Zealand Volcano From Lord Of The Rings Unexpectedly Erupts While Scientists Monitor Active Neighbor
2012-11-22 12:18:51

After more than a century of dormancy, a New Zealand volcano has erupted a second time in four months, sending a column of ash more than a mile into the sky and forcing school children and tourists to flee from the area, according to local reports.

Volcanic Eruptions Predicted With Satellite Imagery
2012-11-05 14:28:53

In a new report published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, two scientists showed they may now be able to detect signs of an impending volcanic eruption by analyzing satellite imagery.

Hawaiian Volcanoes Compete For The Same Magma Supply
2012-10-24 06:12:27

About 50 miles underground, there is a deep connection between two of Earth's most notable volcanoes, Hawaii's Mauna Loa and Kilauea, that could explain some of their enigmatic behavior.


Latest Volcano Reference Libraries

Nyamuragira
2014-10-04 17:56:14

Nyamuragira is an active shield volcano that is located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This volcano, which is part of the Virunga Mountains, reaches an elevation of 10,033 feet and is the most active volcano in Africa. This volcano is shorter than Nyiragongo, which it shares an area with, and has a low shield profile. It holds a large amount of sulfur dioxide and is blamed for much of the volcano related sulfur dioxide content in the atmosphere. Nyamuragira has erupted over forty...

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...

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