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chapter 5 volcanoes

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chapter 5 volcanoes GEOL 110

Elizabeth Rubio
Long Beach State

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Chapter 5 Volcanoes Eyjafjallajökull 2010 Eruption Iceland home to more than 30 active volcanoes  • Volcanic eruption in April 2010  – Ash plume 9.5 km (~6 mi) high  – Caused shutdown of airspace throughout Europe  • Largest aerial closure since WWII  – Increased seismic activity in December 2009  • Future eruptions  – 2010 eruption was small taste of what could happen if the more explosive Katla erupts Eyjafjallajökull ­ icelandic mountain glacier  eruption cause ­ megafloods 5.1 Introduction to Volcanism Volcanic activity is directly related to plate tectonics  – Most volcanoes are near plate boundaries  – Approximately 2/3 of active volcanoes within “Ring of Fire”  • At plate boundaries, magma is created  – Magma is molten rock – Lava is magma on the Earth’s surface  – Volcanoes form around a vent  • Not all volcanoes are the same  – Different processes in formation  – Depends on tectonic settings How and where Magma forms? Most magma come from the asthenosphere ­Weak layer of rock that is close to melting temperature 3 Principal magma generating processes 1. Decompression melting ­Pressure exerted on hot rock is decreased ­Divergent plate boundaries, continental rifts, and hot spots 2. Addition of volatiles ­Chemical compounds that lower the melting temperature of the rock ­Subduction zones­ responsible for “RING OF FIRE” 3. Addition to heat ­Induces melting if temperature exceeds melting temperature ­Continental hot spots Magma Properties­ Described by silica content and amount of dissolved gasses  • Three types of magma based on silica content (low to high)  – Basaltic, andesitic, and rhyolitic  • Magma less dense than surrounding rock  – Rises toward the surface  – Accumulates in magma chambers  – Composition changes  • Viscosity  • Volatile content cont. Viscosity  – Resistance to flow  – Affected by temperature and composition  • As magma cools, viscosity increases  • As silica content increases, viscosity increases  Affects  ­ The flow of lava  ­ Shape of resulting volcano  ­Correlated to the volatile content Volcano types, formation and Eruptive, behavior, cont. Lava Domes ­Small dome with steep sides, it takes months to grow domes (by the magma pushing it)  • Often form in the vent of a stratovolcano after an explosive eruption  • Can grow in single event or over decades  – Made from highly viscous magma  • Exhibit highly explosive eruptions  – Common in the “Ring of Fire”  • Examples: Mount Lassen in CA, Mt. Unzen dome in Japan cont. Volcanoes vary greatly   – Size, shape, composition   – Number of eruptions in formation  – How and where magma is formed  – Amount of magma evolution  – Volatile content  • Viscosity and volatile content still primary control of eruption explosiveness  – Volcanic explosivity index (VEI)  • Relative scale to compare explosions cont. Shield Volcanoes  – Largest volcanoes in the world  • Thin lava flows build up volcano with gentle slopes  • Wider than they are tall • Still among tallest mountains on Earth (measured from  bases) – Associated with basaltic magma  • Low viscosity, low volatile content  • Gently flowing lava with non­explosive eruptions  • Develop a cladera  – Common at hot spots in the oceanic lithosphere and divergent plate boundaries, continental  rifts • Hawaiian Islands, Iceland, and in the East African Rift  • Examples: Mauna Loa and Kilauea in Hawaii cont. Stratovolcanoes  – Known for beautiful conical shapes  • Result of high viscosity magma  • Lava does not flow far resulting in steep sides  – Mixture of explosive activity and lava flows  • Produce combination of lava flows and pyroclastic deposits  • Also called composite cones  – Can be extremely explosive  • Responsible for over 80% of eruptions  • Responsible for most of the death and destruction  – Common in the “Ring of Fire”  • Examples: Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainer in United States, Mount Fuji in Japan


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