Volcanoes - Quick and Interesting Facts

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Scientists have dug at the heart of these geographical wonders in pursuit of the answer to what are volcanoes and they have found many interesting facts and more. http://basicplanet.com/volcano/

Scientists have dug at the heart of these geographical wonders in pursuit of the answer to what are volcanoes and they have found many interesting facts and more. http://basicplanet.com/volcano/

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  • 1. Volcanoes BasicPlanet.com Quick Facts
  • 2. What Are Volcanoes? BasicPlanet.com The volcano is where the earth’s crust gets broken and magma is able to flow through to up to surface and become lava. Volcanoes generally occur right at the edge of tectonic plates. These plates are actually massive slabs of rock that comprise Earth’s surface.
  • 3. A popular way of classifying magmatic volcanoes is by their frequency of eruption: Extinct Volcanoes - This is where the volcano has not erupted in history so far as we’ve recorded and evidence suggests that it won’t. Active Volcanoes - These are when a volcano is at its most dangerous. Dormant Volcano - This is where there has been an eruption in our history as far back as we’ve recorded but it’s been quiet for some time. BasicPlanet.com Anak Krakatau, Indonesia Active Volcano Dormant Volcano Mount Fuji, Japan
  • 4. This area is famous for its constant seismic activity and because of the amount of active volcanoes that can be found here. BasicPlanet.com The Pacific Ring of Fire
  • 5. It is believed that the Pacific Ring of Fire has a total of 452 volcanoes. BasicPlanet.com The Pacific Ring of Fire is the name that is given to a horseshoe shaped area in the Pacific Ocean which extends from South America and North America to Eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
  • 6. Famous Volcanoes BasicPlanet.com The Mount Rainier Volcano is what is known as a giant stratovolcano and though it looks quiet it is still considered an active volcano. The Mount Rainier Volcano is the 21st in the list of the most prominent mountains in the world and it stands at 13,211 feet from its low point. It is also the most prominent mountain found in the lower continental United States.
  • 7. Mauna Loa Volcano is the largest volcano on the planet. The Mauna Loa Volcano is not only a big size; it is also one of the most active volcanoes in the world. BasicPlanet.com
  • 8. Mount St. Helens Volcano is found in Skamania County in Washington State and is one of the active stratovolcanoes of the world. The volcano has an elevation of 8,363 feet and contains a horseshoe-shaped crater which developed during its most famous eruption in 1980. BasicPlanet.com
  • 9. Mount Vesuvius Volcano is one of the most well-known volcanoes around the world with most of its fame coming from its eruption in 79 A.D. that completely buried the city of Pompeii. Today there are 18 towns found around the base of Mount Vesuvius and together these contain 600,000 people, all living within the red zone. BasicPlanet.com
  • 10. Yellowstone Volcano The Yellowstone Volcano has erupted in the past and it will erupt again. BasicPlanet.com
  • 11. What Happens When The Yellowstone Volcano Erupts? The lava would kill most of the people in the area and those unlikely survivors would asphyxiate when they breathe in the ash. In other words, a Yellowstone Volcano eruption could mean the extinction of life on the planet. BasicPlanet.com
  • 12. Interesting Facts The Olympus Mons is the tallest known volcano in our solar system, located on the planet Mars. Is three times higher than Mount Everest. Over the world there are more than 1,500 active volcanoes. BasicPlanet.com
  • 13. The ash is just about as dangerous as the lava. It is acidic, harsh and gritty, sometimes even smelly and glassy. If the ash is breathed in it can be damaging to the lungs. BasicPlanet.com