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Magma crystallisation makes volcanoes more explosive

October 23, 2019

A new paper from scientists at The University of Manchester has discovered why some volcanic eruptions are more explosive than…
Research shows why there’s a ‘sweet spot’ depth for underground magma chambers

September 16, 2019

A new study reveals why the magma chambers that feed recurrent and often explosive volcanic eruptions tend to reside…
Scientists uncover deep-rooted plumbing system beneath ocean volcanoes

August 9, 2019

Cardiff University scientists have revealed the true extent of the internal ‘plumbing system’ that drives volcanic activity around…
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,…
‘Crystal clocks’ used to time magma storage before volcanic eruptions

July 19, 2019

The molten rock that feeds volcanoes can be stored in the Earth’s crust for as long as a…
Water drives explosive eruptions; here’s why magmas are wetter than we thought

July 3, 2019

Volatile elements in magma, primarily water, drive explosive volcanic eruptions. The tricky part is determining just how much…
Quack Chats explores the insides of the world’s great volcanoes

May 20, 2019

Most people know what the outside of a volcano looks like, but not many can describe what they’re…
How Life on Earth Affected its Inner Workings

May 10, 2019

It is well known that life on Earth and the geology of the planet are intertwined, but a…
Magma is the key to the moon’s makeup

April 30, 2019

For more than a century, scientists have squabbled over how the Earth’s moon formed. But researchers at Yale…
Innovative method enables new view into Earth’s interior

February 11, 2019

X-ray examination supports theory of enrichment of heavy elements in deep magma. An innovative X-ray method enables new…
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…
Volcanoes fed by ‘mush’ reservoirs rather than molten magma chambers

December 11, 2018

Volcanoes are not fed by molten magma formed in large chambers finds a new study, overturning classic ideas…
How magma climbs the crustal ladder between eruptions

October 19, 2018

Eruption patterns in a New Zealand volcanic system reveal how the movement of magma rising through the crust…
Volcano researcher learns how Earth builds supereruption-feeding magma systems

October 14, 2018

To figure out where magma gathers in the earth’s crust and for how long, Vanderbilt University volcanologist Guilherme Gualda and…
New imagery solves mystery of why Mount St. Helens is out of line with other volcanoes

September 5, 2018

Some of the clearest, most comprehensive images of the top several miles of the Earth’s crust have helped…
Size matters: if you are a bubble of volcanic gas

August 7, 2018

The chemical composition of gases emitted from volcanoes – which are used to monitor changes in volcanic activity…
Mars’ crustal evolution does not follow Earth’s formula

July 20, 2018

Mars, strewn with rocks and pocked by craters, may not have an Earth-like, continental crust. Instead, a Cornell…
New volcanology hire brings fluid dynamics to research team

May 14, 2018

Humans have long been captivated by the awesome power of volcanoes. UO volcanologist Joe Dufek’s interest goes much…
Catching Mantle Plumes by Their Magma Tail

May 1, 2018

Hawaii’s volcanos stand as silent sentinels. They guard the secret of how they formed, thousands of miles away…
Supercomputers yield sharper view of Yellowstone’s magma

April 19, 2018

UO researchers, using the power of supercomputer modeling, have delivered focus to fuzzy views of previously published seismic…
Hot, warm or cold?: New insight into how Giant’s Causeway was formed

April 17, 2018

A new study by geoscientists at the University of Liverpool has identified the temperature at which cooling magma…
New insight into how magma feeds volcanic eruptions

February 27, 2018

A novel research study by scientists at the University of Liverpool has provided new insights into how molten rock…
A one-two punch may have helped deck the dinosaurs

February 13, 2018

The debate goes on: What killed off the dinosaurs? New UO research has identified gravity-related fluctuations dating to…
Tiny crystals could help predict volcanic eruptions

January 24, 2018

They can be as small as a grain of salt, but tiny crystals that form deep in volcanoes…
Chemical tipping point of magma determines explosive potential of volcanoes

December 19, 2017

Effusive eruptions consist of a gentle and steady flow of lava on the surface, while explosive eruptions are…
Moon’s crust underwent resurfacing after forming from magma ocean

December 4, 2017

The Earth’s Moon had a rough start in life. Formed from a chunk of the Earth that was…
Eruption Clues: Researchers Create Snapshot of Volcano Plumbing

November 29, 2017

Much like a forensic team recreates a scene to determine how a crime was committed, researchers at the…
Hot spot at Hawaii? Not so fast

August 21, 2017

Through analysis of volcanic tracks, Rice University geophysicists have concluded that hot spots like those that formed the…
Underground magma pulse triggered end-Permian extinction

August 1, 2017

Geologists from the U.S. Geological Survey and MIT have homed in on the precise event that set off…
Research: El Capitan holds the history of volcanic plumbing

July 11, 2017

To mountaineer Alex Honnold, El Capitan was something to be climbed without safety gear last month. To UO…
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