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Global Warming Slowed By Volcanic Sulfur Dioxide
2013-03-02 06:44:51

[ Watch the Video: What is Global Warming ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Global warming was slowed between 2000 and 2010 because of sulfur dioxide spewed forth by volcanoes, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) claim in a new study. Some experts had blamed China and India for the phenomenon, as both countries increased their industrial sulfur dioxide emissions by an...

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

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists analyzing data from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft say that Mercury once harbored an ancient magma ocean. An MIT team of scientists say that Mercury may have had a large ocean of magma very early in its history, shortly after its formation about 4.5 billion years ago. A group of scientists analyzed X-ray fluorescence data from MESSENGER collected back in 2011. They were able to identify two distinct compositions of rocks on...

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

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists have compiled a database detailing around 2,000 major volcanic eruptions that occurred over the last 18 million years. The open access database of Large Magnitude Explosive Eruptions (LaMEVE) will be able to provide crucial information to scientists and others involved in volcano research. Volcanic eruptions have been known to cause disruptions in air traffic, impact climate, and alter surrounding landscapes. Gaining a...

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

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online 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. Numerous studies have shown even the smallest change in an ecosystem can affect seemingly unrelated aspects to the same area. Today, German researchers along with researchers from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts have published a study detailing how global ice affects...

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

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has been observing Earth´s sister planet for six years with its polar orbiter Venus Express. During its visit of the second planet from the sun, the orbiter has shown huge changes in sulphur dioxide content in the planet´s atmosphere, leading experts to believe volcanic activity has been increasing on the surface of Venus. ESA officials explain that Venus´s thick atmosphere contains...

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

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Even though two-thirds of the Earth's solid surface is covered with oceanic crust, scientists still do not entirely understood the process by which it is made. But a recent study from the Carnegie Institution for Science, which analyzed more than 600 samples of oceanic crust, reveals a systemic pattern that alters long-held beliefs about how the process works. Findings of this study, published in the journal Nature, explain a...

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

[WATCH VIDEO: Using TNT To Understand Volcanoes] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers chucked some TNT into the Earth in order to study maar craters and help predict the next big volcano. University at Buffalo scientists reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that they performed experiments to help examine maar carters, which resemble the bowl-like cavities formed by meteorites. By measuring meteorite impacts, scientists are able...

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

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. The Mount Tongariro volcano erupted at 1:25 p.m. local time (00:25 GMT) on November 21, and spouted off for about five minutes before settling back down. While scientists said there...


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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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