Basaltic magma chambers may grow catastrophically fast

An international group of researchers involving geologists from Wits University (Prof. Rais Latypov and Dr. Sofya Chistyakova) in Johannesburg have come up with an unexpected conclusion that basaltic magma chambers can grow ...

How the world's most active volcano was born

A new international study led by Monash University has described for the first time what may have triggered the birth of Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in Hawaii.

Challenging perspectives on magma chambers with new findings

Magma chambers are large bodies of molten rock located several kilometers below Earth's surface. They are difficult to study in real-time because of their vast distances from the surface of Earth. Geologists examine the igneous ...

The state of magma in crustal reservoirs

Research conducted by a Ph.D. student at the Wits School of Geosciences reveals that basaltic magma chambers may develop as large bodies of crystal-free melts in the Earth's crust. This study challenges a recently-emerged ...

A tale of two kinds of volcanoes

At an idyllic island in the Mediterranean Sea, ocean covers up the site of a vast volcanic explosion from 3200 years ago. A few hundred kilometers north-west, three other islands still have their volcanic histories from a ...

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