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Main article: Stratovolcano Stratovolcanoes or composite volcanoes are tall conical mountains composed of lava flows and other ejecta in alternate layers, the strata that gives rise to the name. Stratovolcanoes are also known as composite volcanoes because they are created from multiple structures during different kinds of eruptions. Cinders and ash pile on top of each other, lava flows on top of the ash, where it cools and hardens, and then the process repeats. Throughout recorded history , ash produced by the explosive eruption of stratovolcanoes has posed the greatest volcanic hazard to civilizations. Not only do stratovolcanoes have greater pressure buildup from the underlying lava flow than shield volcanoes, but their fissure vents and monogenetic volcanic fields volcanic cones also have more powerful eruptions because they are often under extension.

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Main article: Stratovolcano Stratovolcanoes or composite volcanoes are tall conical mountains composed of lava flows and other ejecta in alternate layers, the strata that gives rise to the name. Stratovolcanoes are also known as composite volcanoes because they are created from multiple structures during different kinds of eruptions.

Cinders and ash pile on top of each other, lava flows on top of the ash, where it cools and hardens, and then the process repeats. Throughout recorded history , ash produced by the explosive eruption of stratovolcanoes has posed the greatest volcanic hazard to civilizations. Not only do stratovolcanoes have greater pressure buildup from the underlying lava flow than shield volcanoes, but their fissure vents and monogenetic volcanic fields volcanic cones also have more powerful eruptions because they are often under extension.

Big bombs can measure more than 4 feet 1. Such volcanoes are able to severely cool global temperatures for many years after the eruption due to the huge volumes of sulfur and ash released into the atmosphere.

They are the most dangerous type of volcano. Because of the enormous area they may cover, supervolcanoes are hard to identify centuries after an eruption. Similarly, large igneous provinces are also considered supervolcanoes because of the vast amount of basalt lava erupted even though the lava flow is non-explosive.

Underwater volcanoes See also: Subaqueous volcano Submarine volcanoes are common features of the ocean floor. Pillow lava is a common eruptive product of submarine volcanoes and is characterized by thick sequences of discontinuous pillow-shaped masses which form under water. Even large submarine eruptions may not disturb the ocean surface due to the rapid cooling effect and increased buoyancy of water as compared to air which often causes volcanic vents to form steep pillars on the ocean floor.

Hydrothermal vents are common near these volcanoes, and some support peculiar ecosystems based on dissolved minerals. Over time, the formations created by submarine volcanoes may become so large that they break the ocean surface as new islands or floating pumice rafts.

In , a multitude of seismic signals were detected by earthquake monitoring agencies all over the world in May and June. They created a weird humming sound and some of the signals detected in November of that year had a duration of up to 20 minutes. An oceanographic campaign in May showed that the previously mysterious humming noises were caused by the formation of an underwater volcano off the coast of Mayotte.

They are made up of flat lava which flows at the top of extensive pillow lavas and palagonite. When the icecap melts, the lava on top collapses, leaving a flat-topped mountain. These volcanoes are also called table mountains , tuyas , or uncommonly mobergs. Very good examples of this type of volcano can be seen in Iceland, however, there are also tuyas in British Columbia. The origin of the term comes from Tuya Butte , which is one of the several tuyas in the area of the Tuya River and Tuya Range in northern British Columbia.

Tuya Butte was the first such landform analyzed and so its name has entered the geological literature for this kind of volcanic formation. The Tuya Mountains Provincial Park was recently established to protect this unusual landscape, which lies north of Tuya Lake and south of the Jennings River near the boundary with the Yukon Territory. Mud volcanoes Main article: Mud volcano Mud volcanoes or mud domes are formations created by geo-excreted liquids and gases, although there are several processes which may cause such activity.

The largest structures are 10 kilometers in diameter and reach meters high. The picture shows overflows of a main lava channel. The Stromboli stratovolcano off the coast of Sicily has erupted continuously for thousands of years, giving rise to its nickname "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean" Lava composition Another way of classifying volcanoes is by the composition of material erupted lava , since this affects the shape of the volcano.

Felsic lavas dacites or rhyolites tend to be highly viscous not very fluid and are erupted as domes or short, stubby flows. Viscous lavas tend to form stratovolcanoes or lava domes. Lassen Peak in California is an example of a volcano formed from felsic lava and is actually a large lava dome. Because siliceous magmas are so viscous, they tend to trap volatiles gases that are present, which cause the magma to erupt catastrophically, eventually forming stratovolcanoes.

These " andesitic " volcanoes generally only occur above subduction zones e. Mount Merapi in Indonesia. Andesitic lava is typically formed at convergent boundary margins of tectonic plates , by several processes: Hydration melting of peridotite and fractional crystallization.

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Vulcanicity

Through fracture, fissures found into the crust magma found inside the crust can sometimes reach the surface of the crust and consolidate from there. In this case the features formed are Extrusive features. In this case the features formed are known as Intrusive features. The causes of volcanicity and volcanic eruption can include: Increased quantity of magma in the mantle leading to increase to pressure pushing this magma out wards. Presence of fissure and cracks allowing magma to move towards the crust.

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Jump to navigation Jump to search Template:Simp Vulcanicity also known as volcanic activity or igneous activity is one of the endogenetic processes. Magma under the crust is under very great pressure. When folding and faulting occur, cracks or fractures which are lines of weakness are created. When ase lines of weakness develop downward in the crust and reach the magma, ay will release the pressure in the magma. This allows magma to rise up along the lines of weakness and intrude into the crust. There are two types of vulcanicity: intrusive and extrusive.

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