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Volcanic crystals give a new view of magma

Thu, 15/06/2017 - 19:27
Volcanologists are gaining a new understanding of what's going on inside the magma reservoir that lies below an active volcano and they're finding a colder, more solid place than previously thought, according to new research.

Deep magma reservoirs are key to volcanic 'super-eruptions,' new research suggests

Fri, 02/06/2017 - 13:50
A new study shows the importance of large reservoirs in creating Earth’s most powerful volcanic eruptions and explains why they are so rare.

How X-rays helped to solve mystery of floating rocks in the ocean

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 19:41
Experiments have helped scientists to solve a mystery of why some rocks can float for years in the ocean, traveling thousands of miles before sinking.

Supercomputing helps researchers understand Earth's interior

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 13:19
Geologists have created a computer model of tectonic activity so effective that they believe it has potential to predict where earthquakes and volcanoes will occur. Scientists focused on the deep mantle and its relationship to plate tectonics.

Kamchatkan volcanic ash travels half the world

Fri, 19/05/2017 - 18:16
Geochemical fingerprinting links microscopic ash found on the bottom of a Svalbard lake to volcanic event happening 7,000 years ago and 5,000 km away.

Aftermath of supereruption shows Toba magma system's great size

Tue, 16/05/2017 - 19:34
The rare but spectacular eruptions of supervolcanoes can cause massive destruction and affect climate patterns on a global scale for decades -- and a new study has found that these sites also may experience ongoing, albeit smaller eruptions for tens of thousands of years after.

Campi Flegrei Volcano eruption possibly closer than thought

Mon, 15/05/2017 - 14:11
The Campi Flegrei Volcano in southern Italy may be closer to an eruption than previously thought, according to new research.

Anticancer nanomaterials created by simulating underwater volcanic conditions

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 13:13
Researchers have developed anticancer nanomaterials by simulating the volcano-induced dynamic chemistry of the deep ocean. The novel method enables making nanoclusters of zinc peroxide in an environmentally friendly manner, without the use of additional chemicals. The as-synthesised zinc peroxide nanoparticles can be used as a tool for cancer therapy and against other complicated diseases.

Hawaii: How the world's biggest volcanoes formed

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 18:19
A new study has solved the 168-year-old mystery of how the world's biggest and most active volcanoes formed in Hawaii.

Volcanic eruptions examiner

Wed, 19/04/2017 - 22:04
Volcanologists spent two weeks collecting samples from Yasur, a continuously erupting volcano on Tanna, an island in the remote South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, to study its chemical composition and determine how the gasses it produces may be affecting people who live nearby.

Grand challenges to better prepare for volcanic eruptions

Wed, 19/04/2017 - 16:24
Despite broad understanding of volcanoes, our ability to predict the timing, duration, type, size, and consequences of volcanic eruptions is limited, says a new report. To improve eruption forecasting and warnings to save lives, the report identifies research priorities for better monitoring of volcanic eruptions and three grand challenges facing the volcano science community.

Drones collect measurements from a volcanic plume at Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala

Tue, 11/04/2017 - 15:45
A team of volcanologists and engineers have collected measurements from directly within volcanic clouds, together with visual and thermal images of inaccessible volcano peaks.

Mars volcano, Earth's dinosaurs went extinct about the same time

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 14:27
Arsia Mons produced one new lava flow at its summit every 1 to 3 million years during the final peak of activity, about 50 million years ago. The last volcanic activity there ceased about 50 million years ago -- around the time of Earth's Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction, when large numbers of our planet's plant and animal species (including dinosaurs) went extinct.

A perfect storm of fire and ice may have led to snowball Earth

Mon, 13/03/2017 - 21:08
What caused the largest glaciation event in Earth's history, known as 'snowball Earth'? Geologists and climate scientists have been searching for the answer for years but the root cause of the phenomenon remains elusive. Now, researchers have a new hypothesis about what caused the runaway glaciation that covered the Earth pole-to-pole in ice.

First global maps of volcanic emissions use NASA satellite data

Thu, 09/03/2017 - 21:06
A number of volcanoes around the world continuously exhale water vapor laced with heavy metals, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide, among many other gases. Of these, sulfur dioxide is the easiest to detect from space.

Can tree rings predict volcanic eruptions?

Thu, 09/03/2017 - 17:19
Scientists made a surprising discovery on their mission to find better indicators for impending volcanic eruptions: it looks like tree rings may be able to predict eruptions, report researchers.