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Volcanoes Volcanoes & Plate Tectonics 6.E.2.2 Explain how heat flow and volcanoes reflect forces within the earth.
What is a Volcano? A volcano is a weak spot in the crust where molten material, or magma, comes to the surface. Magma is a molten mixture of rock- forming substances, gases, and water from the mantle. When magma reaches the surface, it is called lava.
Location of Volcanoes There are about 600 active volcanoes on land. Many more are found beneath oceans Most occur in belts that extend across continents and oceans
A major belt is the “Ring of Fire” which encircles the Pacific Ocean
Most volcanoes occur along diverging plate boundaries such as the mid-ocean ridge, or in subduction zones, around edges of oceans Volcanic belts form along the boundaries of Earth’s plates.
Volcanoes often form where two or oceanic plates collide or where an oceanic plate collides with a continental plate. In both situations, an oceanic plate sinks beneath a trench. Rock above the plate melts to form magma, which then erupts to the surface as lava.
Inside a Volcano All volcanoes have a pocket of magma beneath the surface and one or more cracks through which magma forces its way through magma chamberMagma pocket is called a magma chamber pipeA pipe is a long tube in the ground that connects the magma chamber to the earth’s surface
ventMolten rock and gas leave the volcano through an opening called a vent lava flowA lava flow is the area covered by lava as it pours out of a vent craterA crater is a bowl-shaped area that may form at the top of a volcano around the central vent
A Volcanic Eruption When a volcano erupts, the force of the expanding gases pushes magma from the magma chamber through the pipe until it flows or explodes out of the vent. Once magma escapes from the volcano and becomes lava, the remaining gases bubble out.
Types of Volcanic Eruptions Geologists classify volcanic eruptions as quiet or explosive. The silica content of magma helps to determine whether the volcanic eruption is quiet or explosive Silica is the material formed from the elements silicon and oxygen
Silica is one of the most abundant materials in Earth’s crust and mantle The more silica that magma contains, the thicker it is
Quiet Eruptions: A volcano erupts quietly if its magma is low in silica. Magma flows easily; the gas dissolved in the magma bubbles out gently Examples: –Hawaii –Iceland
Quiet eruptions produce two types of lava: 1. Pahoehoe 1. Pahoehoe - fast moving, hot lava; Surface looks like a solid mass of wrinkles, billows, and rope-like coils. 2. Aa 2. Aa - cooler, slower-moving lava; when hardens, forms a rough surface consisting of jagged lava chunks.
Explosive Eruptions: A volcano erupts explosively if its magma is high in silica. Magma is thick and sticky Magma slowly builds up in the volcanoes’ pipe Dissolved gases cannot escape Trapped gasses build up pressure until they explode
pyroclastic flowA pyroclastic flow occurs when an explosive eruption hurls out ash, cinder, bombs, and gasses Pebble-sized particles are called cinders. Larger pieces, called bombs, may range from the size of a baseball to the size of a car.
Stages of a Volcano ActiveActive - is erupting, or has shown signs that it may erupt in the near future DormantDormant - does not show signs of erupting in the neat future ExtinctExtinct - unlikely to erupt
Related Volcanic Activities Hot SpringHot Spring - groundwater heated by a nearby body of magma rises to the surface and collects in a natural pool
Types of Volcanoes Shield VolcanoShield Volcano: nonexplosive eruptions, fluid basaltic lava, gentle broad slopes –Thin layers of lava pour out of a vent and harden on top of previous layers –Example: Hawaiian Islands