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Volcanic ash sparks new discovery

October 22, 2019

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.— Imagine you’re getting ready to fly to your favorite vacation destination when suddenly a volcano…
Kīlauea lava fuels phytoplankton bloom off Hawai‘i Island

September 12, 2019

When Kīlauea Volcano erupted in 2018, it injected millions of cubic feet of molten lava into the nutrient-poor…
The ‘universal break-up criterion’ of hot, flowing lava

September 2, 2019

Thomas Jones’ “universal break-up criterion” won’t help with meltdowns of the heart, but it will help volcanologists study…
International research team solve ‘hot spot’ debate

August 8, 2019

Walking on a field of lava on the Pacific coast near Kalapana on the Big Island of Hawaii…
Researchers solve ‘hot spot’ debate

August 5, 2019

Volcanic hot spots such as the ones that created the Hawaiian Islands have long been considered stationary points,…
Breathable lava suits: volcanologist field-tested and approved

June 26, 2019

When working near lava at 1,300 to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the terms ‘lightweight’ and ‘comfortable’ might not apply…
Scientists brew lava and blow it up to better understand volcanoes

December 13, 2018

What happens when lava and water meet? Explosive experiments with human-made lava are helping to answer this important…
NASA Goddard scientists, in summer 2018, climb to a geothermal site on Kverkjokull glacier. Credit: Molly Wasser / NASA Goddard
How Earth Volcanoes Offer a Window into the Evolution of Life and the Solar System

November 14, 2018

Violent and destructive, active volcanoes ought to be feared and avoided. Yet, these geological cauldrons expose the pulse…
Enigmatic ‘lunar swirls’ linked to moon’s volcanic past

September 11, 2018

Lunar swirls, beautiful features of the moon that are found on no other body in the solar system,…
Beyond lava and ash: Stanford geologists explain what makes volcanoes dangerous

June 27, 2018

Fountains of lava, whiffs of toxic gases, acidic plumes of vaporized seawater and blankets of ash: Those are…
Stanford expert describes Hawaii’s most active volcano and the science behind the latest eruptions

May 11, 2018

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been oozing lava for more than three decades. But in recent days fountains of…
Stanford scientists eavesdrop on volcanic rumblings to forecast eruptions

February 22, 2018

A new study has shown that monitoring inaudible low frequencies called infrasound produced by a type of active…
Subsurface Magma Triggers Earth’s Most Severe Extinction

August 1, 2017

Subsurface magma intrusions (sills), rather than surface lava flows, may have triggered the Earth’s most catastrophic extinction event…
UVA-built instrument plays key role in maping of lava lake on Jupiter moon

May 30, 2017

Taking advantage of a rare orbital alignment between two of Jupiter’s moons, Io and Europa, researchers used an…
Waves of lava seen in Io’s largest volcanic crater

May 11, 2017

Taking advantage of a rare orbital alignment between two of Jupiter’s moons, Io and Europa, researchers have obtained…
Geologists make their own lava to prep for explosive experiments

June 27, 2016

How do you make your own lava? Dump 10 gallons of basaltic rock into a high-powered induction furnace.…
First temperature map of a “super-Earth” reveals lava world

March 31, 2016

Astronomers from MIT, Cambridge University, and elsewhere have generated the first temperature map of a “super-Earth” exoplanet, revealing…
Decade-long volcanic eruptions may not have caused global extinctions

November 25, 2015

The climatic and environmental effects of lava flows and sulfur emissions that lasted for years or decades in…
Siberian Traps likely culprit for end-Permian extinction

September 18, 2015

New study finds massive eruptions likely triggered mass extinction. Around 252 million years ago, life on Earth collapsed…
Scientists discover world’s longest continental volcanic hotspot track

September 15, 2015

Scientists from the University of Aberdeen and the Australian National University (ANU) have discovered the world’s longest known…
Hot lava flows discovered on Venus

June 19, 2015

ESA’s Venus Express has found the best evidence yet for active volcanism on Earth’s neighbour planet.…
What’s beneath Hawaii’s most active volcano?

March 3, 2015

Step away from the villages and idyllic beaches of Hawaii, and you may think you’ve been transported to…
Hottest lava eruption linked to growth of first continents

June 25, 2014

A collaborative research team has discovered an important link between the eruption of Earth’s hottest lavas, the location…
Lava, not water, formed canyons on Mars

June 4, 2014

The Grand Canyon of Mars – Valles Marineris. NASA,Viking Project,USGS, CC BY The canyon-like scars which line Mars’ crust are…
New insight may help predict volcanic eruption behavior

May 5, 2014

A small eruption of Mount Rinjani, with volcanic lightning. Location: Lombok, Indonesia. Credit: Oliver Spalt, Wikipedia. A new…
New discovery helps solve mystery source of African lava

April 24, 2014

Floods of molten lava may sound like the stuff of apocalyptic theorists, but history is littered with evidence…
Unique sighting of lava solves mystery of lava movement

November 11, 2013

Scientists have made the first ever observations of how a rare type of lava continues moving almost a…
Lava rock sheds light on Earth formation

November 7, 2013

New insights gleaned from volcanic rock are helping scientists better understand how our planet evolved billions of years…
Water and lava, but – curiously – no explosion

October 10, 2013

Rocky pillars dotting Iceland’s Skaelingar valley were projectiles tossed into the fields by warring trolls. That, at least, is…
Extrusive volcanism formed the Hawaiian Islands, study determines

October 8, 2013

A recent study by researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and…
Research duo suggest early Earth had heat-pipe channels similar to Jupiter’s moon Io

September 27, 2013

Two planetary researches, one from Hampton University and the National Institute of Aerospace, the other from Louisiana State…
Supervolcanic Ash Can Turn To Lava Miles From Eruption

September 16, 2013

Supervolcanoes, such as the one sitting dormant under Yellowstone National Park, are capable of producing eruptions thousands of…
Landslides and lava flows at Olympus Mons on Mars

May 9, 2013

Giant landslides, lava flows and tectonic forces are behind this dynamic scene captured recently by ESA’s Mars Express…
Mapping lava tubes in the Galàpagos

April 17, 2013

Whatever you did for spring break, Washington University in St. Louis’ Aaron Addison and Bob Osburn have you…
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