Volcanoes Among Us

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Ontology Tags

Classes Climate & Weather: Natural Disasters – Volcanoes | Space Exploration: Exploring Earth From Space – Satellites Watching Earth

Goals Challenging Problems: Questions – Reveal the World | Challenging Problems: Physical World – Investigating Earth | CTEs & Disciplines: (1) Environmental Engineering (2) Earth & Geo Sciences


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Living With a Volcano in Your Backyard

Today’s residents, as well as residents of centuries past, consider Mount Rainier “the spiritual and cultural icon of the Pacific Northwest.” Yet, the origin of Mount Rainier, formed by volcanic processes and now heavily laden with snow and ice, remains an enigma to many admirers.

Plumbing in Yellowstone National Park

Exploration and sampling of Yellowstone’s thermal areas indicates that Yellowstone’s hot springs often have surprisingly complex plumbing systems. Because of this, it is not uncommon to find hot spring pools and steam vents (also called fumaroles or vapor-dominated vents) located in close proximity—or even occupying the same space!


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Oregon State University

Volcano World

Volcanic activity is the most powerful force in nature. Some volcanic eruptions are much more powerful than the largest nuclear explosion. Volcanoes have killed thousands of people and caused some of the most frightening events in human history. Volcanoes are also responsible for much of the land we live on, 90% of all the continents and ocean basins are the product of volcanism. The air we breathe and the water we drink have been produced by millions of years of eruptions of steam and other gases.


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NASA Earth Matters

Tracking the Kilauea Eruption

You may have seen dramatic images and videos of several new fissure eruptions cracking open the land surface in Hawaii, emitting plumes of gas, and spitting up fountains of lava in the middle of a residential neighborhood. To extend the scientific conversation, Earth Matters reached out to a handful of researchers from NASA and elsewhere who are monitoring the volcano.


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Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program

See reports, databases, monitoring, frequently asked questions and other technical resources about volcanoes.


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U.S. Department of Homeland Security


A volcanic eruption may involve lava and other debris that can flow up to 100 mph, destroying everything in their path. What to do if you are under a volcano warning. Prepare NOW; Survive DURING, Be Sage AFTER.


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Philippines warns of ‘explosive eruption’ after Taal Volcano spews ash near Manila

January 14, 2020 – Philippine authorities have urged a “total evacuation” of nearly a million people near the capital Manila, after a volcano spewed ash up to nine miles (14 kilometers) into the air Sunday prompting warnings of a possible “explosive eruption.” The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised the alert level to four, meaning an “explosive eruption” could happen in the coming hours or days.

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