Did You Know These Facts About Volcanoes?

By Ashritha Raghavendra

April 18, 2022

Burning Blue

Kawah Ijen is an Indonesian volcano that spews blue-coloured lava. This is because the composite volcano has a very high concentration of sulfur.

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Served Hot

Molten lava can reach a temperature of 1250°C — melting and swallowing everything that it finds on its path.

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The Sound of Eruptions

Volcanic eruptions can either be extremely loud or feeble. It can range from a booming explosion to a quiet hissing sound and cause damage, like hearing loss and shattered glass.

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Volcanoes are not just an earthly phenomenon. They are found on ocean floors, under ice caps and even on other planets of our solar system!

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Ring of Fire

A horseshoe-shaped region in the Pacific Ocean called the Ring of Fire is the most active volcanic region on Earth, consisting of 452 volcanoes!

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Hawaiian  Hot-head

Mauna Loa is the world’s largest volcano. Located in Hawaii, this gigantic volcano is 4169 m tall and last erupted in 1984.

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A Fruitful Outcome

Even though the hot lava eradicates everything, volcanoes can be life-giving over time as they produce fertile soil that supports the cultivation of crops.

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Burn Out

A volcano can last from a few months to millions of years. Volcanoes are categorised extinct only if they’ve been dormant for more than 10,000 years.

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