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News stories tagged with "vulcanism"

1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MSH80_eruption_mount_st_helens_05-18-80-dramatic-edit.jpg">USGS</a>
1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington. Photo: USGS

Natural Selections: Predicting Volcanos

Database analysis shows that winter, in addition to its other woes, is volcano season. Martha Foley wonders why. Dr. Curt Stager points the finger at the Pacific Ocean, which piles water on the North American coast and lightens the load on Asia. The stress comes out it crustal acne.  Go to full article
This road in Iceland runs down the fault line where the Eurasian continental plate meet the North American continental plate. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/watz/519498840/">Marius Watz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
This road in Iceland runs down the fault line where the Eurasian continental plate meet the North American continental plate. Photo: Marius Watz, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Continental Drift

The theory of continental drift--the idea that the continents are islands of rock adrift on the earth's molten core--first gained acceptance in the 1960s. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about the consequences of their extreme slow motion collisions--earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: When Fire Meets Water

The power of volcanos comes from more than the intense heat and pressure found beneath the earth. The force behind violent eruptions often comes from steam created when molten lava vaporizes underground water. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about nature's blowouts.  Go to full article

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