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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.

From crystals to climate: 'Gold standard' timeline links flood basalts to climate change

Wed, 19/09/2018 - 19:49
Princeton geologists used tiny zircon crystals found in volcanic ash to rewrite the timeline for the eruptions of the Columbia River flood basalts, a series of massive lava flows that coincided with an ancient global warming period 16 million years ago.

Industry-certified masks offer better protection from volcanic ash exposure

Tue, 11/09/2018 - 20:24
A new study finds that industry-certified particle masks are most effective at protecting people from volcanic ash, while commonly used surgical masks offer less protection.

Volcano under ice sheet suggests thickening of West Antarctic ice is short-term

Thu, 06/09/2018 - 15:04
Evidence left by a volcano under the ice sheet suggests that the observed bulging of ice in West Antarctica is a short-term feature that may not affect the glacier's motion over the long term.

New imagery solves mystery of why Mount St. Helens is out of line with other volcanoes

Tue, 04/09/2018 - 14:38
Some of the clearest, most comprehensive images of the top several miles of the Earth's crust have helped scientists solve the mystery of why Mount St. Helens is located outside the main line of the Cascade Arc of volcanoes.

Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo caused in part by Indonesian volcanic eruption

Wed, 22/08/2018 - 15:10
Electrically charged volcanic ash short-circuited Earth's atmosphere in 1815, causing global poor weather and Napoleon's defeat, says new research.

Dating the ancient Minoan eruption of Thera using tree rings

Wed, 15/08/2018 - 19:13
New analyses that use tree rings could settle the long-standing debate about when the volcano Thera erupted by resolving discrepancies between archeological and radiocarbon methods of dating the eruption, according to new research.

Size matters: If you are a bubble of volcanic gas

Tue, 07/08/2018 - 14:52
The chemical composition of gases emitted from volcanoes -- which are used to monitor changes in volcanic activity -- can change depending on the size of gas bubbles rising to the surface, and relate to the way in which they erupt. The results could be used to improve the forecasting of threats posed by certain volcanoes.

Platinum is key in ancient volcanic related climate change

Tue, 31/07/2018 - 14:20
Scientists look to platinum for clues to stay ahead of future high magnitude volcanic related climate change.

Yellowstone super-volcano eruptions were produced by gigantic ancient oceanic plate, study finds

Thu, 26/07/2018 - 13:58
The long-dormant Yellowstone super-volcano in the American West has a different history than previously thought, according to a new study.