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Scientists Look At Supervolcano Life Cycle In Whole New Way
2013-10-11 14:49:13

Studies of zircon in Yellowstone rocks are giving scientists a whole new look at the life cycle of supervolcanoes.

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

a new study indicated that bizarre pillars of basalt in Iceland's Skaelingar valley were formed by a very slow lava flow oozing from volcanoes and interacting with water.

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

A recent study 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.

First Ancient Mars Supervolcano
2013-10-02 14:00:10

In a new report, scientists say they have discovered a supervolcano on Mars for the first time.

Mud Volcano Island Rises From Sea After Pakistani Earthquake
2013-09-26 14:22:20

A powerful earthquake that struck the southwestern province of Baluchistan, Pakistan Tuesday afternoon, killing hundreds of people, has given rise to a new island off the coast of the country's Gwadar Port.

Study Finds Human Activity Affects Vertical Structure Of Atmospheric Temperature
2013-09-17 13:05:39

Human influences have directly impacted the latitude/altitude pattern of atmospheric temperature.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Supervolcanic Ash Can Transform Into Lava Miles Away From Eruption
2013-08-28 06:33:27

New research has taken a closer look at how ash produced from supervolcanoes can turn back into lava once it falls back to Earth.


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
megalophonous
  • Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
  • Of grand or imposing sound.
The word 'megalophonous' comes from Greek roots meaning 'big' and 'sound'.