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Research shows why there’s a ‘sweet spot’ depth for underground magma chambers

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A new study reveals why the magma chambers that feed recurrent and often explosive volcanic eruptions tend to reside…
Jurassic world of volcanoes found in central Australia

August 14, 2019

An international team of subsurface explorers from the University of Adelaide in Australia and the University of Aberdeen…
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…
Geoengineering versus a volcano

August 6, 2019

Major volcanic eruptions spew ash particles into the atmosphere, which reflect some of the Sun’s radiation back into…
‘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…
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…
How tides can trigger earthquakes

June 17, 2019

An international team of scientists – including a volcanologist from the University of Bristol – have uncovered why…
This Strange Feature on Mars was Probably the Result of an Ancient Volcanic Explosion

May 29, 2019

A strange feature on the surface of Mars has kept scientists guessing about its origin. It’s a surface…
Scientists discover a new way volcanoes form

May 22, 2019

Geoscientists have discovered the first direct evidence that material from deep within Earth’s mantle transition zone — a…
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…
Scientists found an interesting way to predict volcano eruptions

May 12, 2019

Predicting volcano eruptions is extremely difficult job even with today’s technology predictions are never very accurate. People and…
Iron volcanoes may have erupted on metal asteroids

April 18, 2019

Metallic asteroids are thought to have started out as blobs of molten iron floating in space. As if…
Asteroid or volcanos? Apportioning blame for the dinosaur extinction

February 22, 2019

Based on new data published today in the journal Science, it seems increasingly likely that an asteroid or comet…
Death of the dinosaurs: Extreme volcanism played pivotal role in extinction, research shows

February 22, 2019

Not by meteorite alone did the dinosaurs die off. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) research scientist Kyle Samperton…
Revising the History of Big, Climate-Altering Volcanic Eruptions

February 5, 2019

For all their destructive power, most volcanic eruptions are local events. Lava flows tend to reach only a…
Which U.S. volcanoes pose a threat?

December 27, 2018

As part of its program of keeping officials and the public apprised of volcanic threats, the USGS periodically…
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…
Volcanoes and glaciers combine as powerful methane producers

November 21, 2018

Large amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane are being released from an Icelandic glacier, scientists have discovered.…
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…
‘Majority rules’ when looking for earthquakes, explosions

October 30, 2018

New Sandia software reduces false, missed detections of seismic activity A dormant volcano in Antarctica helped researchers at…
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…
Iowa State sophomore returns from summer on research vessel, atop active volcano

August 21, 2018

Tell the class what you did this summer. Chanel Vidal will have perhaps the best story – three…
Dating the Ancient Minoan Eruption of Thera Using Tree Rings

August 16, 2018

New University of Arizona-led research uses tree rings to shed light on discrepancies between archeological and radiocarbon evidence…
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…
Study finds possible connection between U.S. tornado activity, Arctic sea ice

August 7, 2018

The effects of global climate change taking place in the Arctic may influence weather much closer to home…
NASA’s Juno Mission Spots Another Possible Volcano on Jupiter’s Moon Io

July 18, 2018

When the Juno spacecraft arrived in orbit around Jupiter in 2016, it became the second spacecraft in history…
Strange Landscapes on Mars were Created by Explosive Volcanoes

June 22, 2018

Scientists first observed the Medusae Fossae Formation (MFF) in the 1960s, thanks to the efforts of the Mariner…
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…
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