News tagged with volcanic plumes

New explanation for Hawaiian hot spot

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists in the US have suggested that volcanic activity in Hawaii could be fed by a giant hot rock pool 1,000 kilometers west of the islands and in the Earth’s mantle, rather than ...

May 27, 2011 4.4 / 5 (13) 3 | with audio podcast report

Hawaiian hot spot has deep roots

(PhysOrg.com) -- Hawaii may be paradise for vacationers, but for geologists it has long been a puzzle. Plate tectonic theory readily explains the existence of volcanoes at boundaries where plates split apart ...

Dec 03, 2009 4.9 / 5 (11) 1

Volcanic lightning recreated in the lab

An LMU team has, for the first time, created volcanic lightning in the lab and captured it on film. The new findings may permit rapid characterization of ash clouds released by volcanic eruptions and improve ...

Jan 10, 2014 4.8 / 5 (5) 2 | with audio podcast

New clues to prehistoric eruption

Scientists have determined the magnitude of the Mount Gambier volcano eruption 5,000 years ago, and say if a similar eruption occurred again, it could cause widespread damage.

Dec 10, 2013 4.4 / 5 (5) 0