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Roots Of Catastrophe Run Deep
2013-02-07 11:20:32

University of Utah Partly molten, Florida-sized blob forms atop Earth's core A University of Utah seismologist analyzed seismic waves that bombarded Earth's core, and believes he got a look at the earliest roots of Earth's most cataclysmic kind of volcanic eruption. But don't worry. He says it won't happen for perhaps 200 million years. "What we may be detecting is the start of one of these large eruptive events that — if it ever happens — could cause very massive...

New Type Of Volcanic Eruption Described By Scientists
2013-01-21 10:41:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Neither explosive nor effusive–there´s a new type of volcanic eruption that was recently described in the latest edition of Nature Geoscience. According to the U.K. and New Zealand scientists who authored the description, volcanic pumice produced by the Macauley volcano in the southwest Pacific is the result of a previously unarticulated type of eruption. “By documenting the shape and density of bubbles in pumices...

Subduction Evidence From Billions Of Years Ago
2013-01-19 06:32:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers for the first time have discovered evidence supporting the theory that the processes that act as catalysts for volcanic activity today are similar to those that occurred nearly four billion years ago. Writing in the journal Geology, Frances Jenner of the Carnegie Institution for Science and colleagues report that 3.8 billion-year-old volcanic rocks recovered from an island in southwestern Greenland support previous...

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...

Earth’s Magma Mantle Melts Hotter Than Previously Thought
2013-01-10 10:10:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study by researchers at Rice University, the Earth's mantle magma melts far hotter and deeper in the Earth's core than previously thought, a discovery that will have lasting implications for our understanding of the planet's geophysical and geochemical properties. The research team, led by Rajdeep Dasgupta, put small amounts of peridotite under large pressures in a laboratory to determine that rock can and does...

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...

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...


Latest Volcanology Reference Libraries

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...

Jabal al-Tair Island
2014-04-10 11:56:15

Jabal al-Tair Island, known by many other names including Tair Island and Jebel Teir, is a volcanic island that is located in the Red Sea and is under the jurisdiction of Yemen. It reaches an elevation of 801 feet and is about 1.9 miles in length. The island is comprised of Jabal al-Tair, a stratovolcano that was considered extinct in 1982, although it erupted in 2007. In 1900, the British Admiralty described the volcano as having a steep, conical shape, making it a good landmark for ships...

Mauna Kea
2014-04-10 11:49:35

Mauna Kea is a dormant shield volcano that is located on the island of Hawaii and reaches an elevation of 13,803 feet. It is one of five volcanoes that comprise the island and is thought to be about one million years old. Mauna Kea, like all Hawaiian volcanoes, was created when the Pacific tectonic plate passed over a volcanic hotspot. The Hawaiian volcanoes, which extend over an area known as the Hawaiian Ridge – Emperor Seamount chain, have been well studied, but it is not known how the...

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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