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Deep low-frequency earthquakes indicate migration of magmatic fluids beneath Laacher See Volcano

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 16:28
Magma could rise from the upper mantle into the middle and upper crust beneath the Laacher See Volcano (Germany). The scientists present evidence of deep and low-frequency earthquakes caused by magma movements under the Laacher See Volcano.

Scientists brew lava and blow it up to better understand volcanoes

Mon, 10/12/2018 - 16:54
What happens when lava and water meet? Explosive experiments with humanmade lava are helping to answer this important question. This long-term, ongoing study aims to shed light on the basic physics of lava-water interactions, which are common in nature but poorly understood.

Volcanoes fed by 'mush' reservoirs rather than molten magma chambers

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 16:25
Volcanoes are not fed by molten magma formed in large chambers finds a new study, overturning classic ideas about volcanic eruptions.

A large volcanic eruption shook Deception Island 3,980 years ago

Mon, 26/11/2018 - 16:55
A large volcanic eruption shook Deception Island, in Antarctica, 3,980 years ago, and not 8,300, as it was previously thought. This event was the largest eruption in the austral continent during the Holocene, and it was comparable in volume of ejected rock to the Tambora volcano eruption in 1815.

Volcanoes and glaciers combine as powerful methane producers

Tue, 20/11/2018 - 13:38
Large amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane are being released from an Icelandic glacier, scientists have discovered. A study of Sólheimajökull glacier, which flows from the active, ice-covered volcano Katla, shows that up to 41 tons of methane is being released through meltwaters every day during the summer months.

Volcanic ash impact on air travel could be reduced says new research

Wed, 24/10/2018 - 13:33
Volcanologists have developed a method and camera that could help reduce the dangers, health risks and travel impacts of ash plumes during a volcanic eruption.

Volcano researcher learns how Earth builds supereruption-feeding magma systems

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 19:17
After studying layers of pumice, measuring the amount of crystals in the samples and using thermodynamic models, the team determined that magma moved closer to the surface with each successive eruption.

GeoSEA array records sliding of Mount Etna's southeastern flank

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 19:17
The southeast flank of Mount Etna slowly slides towards the sea. A team of scientists showed for the first time movement of Etna's underwater flank using a new, sound-based geodetic monitoring network. A sudden and rapid descent of the entire slope could lead to a tsunami with disastrous effects for the entire region.

Observing the development of a deep-sea greenhouse gas filter

Fri, 28/09/2018 - 13:16
In a long-term study, marine scientists for the first time observed the colonization of a deep-sea mud volcano after its eruption. Only slowly, rich life develops around the crater. The first settlers are tiny organisms that eat methane escaping from the volcano. Thereby, they keep this greenhouse gas from reaching the atmosphere. The present study describes how the colonization of the mud volcano proceeds and when the tiny methane-munchers get going.