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Volcanoes and Volcanism

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Volcanoes and Volcanism GEOL 101 001

Madeline Wilson

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Introduction to the Earth
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Date Created: 03/20/16
Volcanoes and Volcanism Molten rock beneath the Earth’s surface is called magma Volcanism  Process by which magma (usually from the mantle) rises through the crust, emerges onto the surface as lava, and cools into hard volcanic rock forming a volano Types of Lavas  Basaltic Lavas: low-viscosity mafic lavas, typically erupted at 1000 degrees C; cool to form basalt  Rhyolitic Lavas: high-viscosity felsic lavas, typically erupted at 8000 degrees to 12000 degrees C; cool to form rhyolite  Andesitic Lavas: intermediate in composition and viscosity between mafic and felsic magmas; cool to form andesite Types of Basalts  Flood Basalts: thick, widespread accumulations of basalt, typically fed by fissures  Pahoehoe: a very low viscosity basaltic lava characterized by ropy texture  Aa: a realtively low viscosity basaltic lava characterized by a jagged, blocky texture  Pillow Basalts: a basaltic lava extruded beneath the water, with a glassy texture  Vesicular Basalts: lava is typically charged with gas Basaltic Lavas  Gentle sides: ~2-10 degrees; large, up to 120 km wide. Long duration of activity: 10,000’s of years; non-violent. Magma can erupt on the flanks of a volcano as well as from the central vent.  Viscous felsic lavas; Steep-sided and small: ~100’s m wide; Grow slowly, and pile up over the vent in a long time.  Basaltic pyroclastic material; Steep sides: ~30 deg; Relatively small: ~ 1km wide; Short-lived - typically a single event.  Alternating pyroclastic deposits and andesitic lava flows; Slopes are intermediate in steepness; Relatively large: ~10-15 km wide; Intermittent eruptions over long time span: 1,000’s of yrs; Eruptions often highly explosive  Caldera: large depression (~ several km wide) formed by collapse of a volcano into a partially drained magma chamber.  Crater: at the summits of most volcanoes. After an eruption, lava often sinks back into the vent and solidifies, to be blasted out by a later eruption. Pyroclastic Deposits (Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica)  Fragmentary volcanic rocks ejected high into the air during violent eruptions o Volcanic ash o Volcanic tuffs o Volcanic breccias o Volcanic bombs Pyroclastic Flows  A density flow consisting of a hot (up to 800oC), poisonous mixture of gas and pyroclastic material moving downslope at speed in excess of 200 km/hr! Phreatic Explosion  caused by magma mixing with water (eruption of superheated steam) Fissure Eruptions  A volcanic eruption originating along an elongate fissure rather than a central vent  Volcanoes along the Laki Fissure (Iceland) formed in 1783, resulting in the largest lava flow in recorded history Lahars (volcanic Mudflows)  Formed by the sudden mixing of large volumes of pyroclasts with water (e.g. heavy rain, draining of crater lake, melting of glacier)  Lahars can move 100+ km/hr, can cover large areas, and can kill large numbers of people Geosystem interactions  Volcanism and the hydrosphere o fumaroles and geysers  Volcanism and the atmosphere o aerosols and ash Hydrothermal Activity  The circulation of water through hot volcanic rocks and magma: o Provides the source for Geothermal Energy o Forms fumaroles – volcanic vents emitting gases, some charged with dissolved minerals o Forms geysers – heated hydrothermal waters under pressure, that intermittently erupt Mantle Plumes: originate at the core-mantle boundary Volcanic Hazards  More than 600 active volcanoes  ~ 10% of world’s population lives near active volcano  Life threatening situation  Water and air pollution  Forest fire  Global climate change  Mitigation o Avoid area… zoning o Structural/strategic defense Continental arcs will produce the most felsic lava


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