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.
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.
Anak Krakatau, Indonesia
Mount Fuji, Japan
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
It is believed that the Paciﬁc Ring of Fire
has a total of 452 volcanoes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Yellowstone Volcano has erupted in
the past and it will erupt again.
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.
The Olympus Mons is
the tallest known
volcano in our solar
system, located on the
planet Mars. Is three
times higher than
Over the world there are more
than 1,500 active volcanoes.
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.