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Parking Lot Lava Flows
2012-08-21 08:07:30

How often have you wished you could safely see a lava flow, like the one that destroyed Pompeii? Did you ever wish you could see it in Syracuse, New York?

Large Pumice Raft Found Floating In The South Pacific
2012-08-14 12:23:30

Sailors aboard the New Zealand Royal Navy vessel HMNZS Canterbury spotted something odd floating in the ocean a few days ago - a bounty of beauty supplies bobbing in the South Pacific.

Mount Tongariro Erupts In New Zealand
2012-08-07 13:59:40

A long-dormant New Zealand volcano erupted on Monday, spewing an ash cloud that disrupted flights and closed highways.

Pre-eruption Activity In Conduits Affect Volcanic Ejections
2012-07-24 13:53:55

In addition to being fairly unpredictable, volcanoes can eject a wide range of material, from mile-high plums of black ash to a deadly hail of fist-sized pumice.

La Garrotxa: Researchers Pinpoint Youngest Volcanic Area In Spain
2012-07-24 12:52:30

Although volcanic scientists are able to approximate the age of lava flows, determining the exact timing of each of a volcano’s eruptions has proved difficult in the past.

Volcanic Hotspot Origins Revealed Through X-ray Analysis
2012-07-19 07:26:46

New research from a group of scientists led by Denis Andrault from the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans of University Blaise Pascal provides experimental evidence for the mantle plume hypothesis.

Small Volcanoes Also Affect Climate
2012-07-06 10:13:36

An international team of researchers have found that even small volcanic eruptions can lead to a cooler climate if they coincide with weather systems such as monsoons, which boost aerosols produced by eruptions high into the atmosphere affecting global temperatures.

Smaller Volcanoes Could Cool Climate According To Satellite Research
2012-07-05 16:33:57

A University of Saskatchewan-led international research team has discovered that aerosols from relatively small volcanic eruptions can be boosted into the high atmosphere by weather systems such as monsoons, where they can affect global temperatures.

Aleutian Island Volcano Erupts
2012-06-21 06:56:08

If the Cleveland Volcano had any neighbors, then it decided to wake them up on Tuesday when the volcano shot off a thin cloud of ash several miles into the sky.


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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Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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