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Volcanic Activity

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Coverage of volcanic activity since March 22, 2021.

New technique could help predict volcanic eruptions years in advance

"...Scientists have developed a new satellite-data-based early warning technique that could one day be used to predict volcanic eruptions years before they take place, according to the results of a new study. Alongside providing advanced warning, the orbital data could help the scientific community figure out which volcanoes should be fitted with sensitive ground-based monitoring equipment. Volcanoes are among the most terrifying and spectacular sights to be found on our Blue Planet..."

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Sask. Red Cross volunteer on St. Vincent volcano eruption

"...Canadian Red Cross volunteer Angela Hill is back home in Saskatoon after a 3-month visit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, returning just a few days before a volcanic eruption on the Caribbean island..."

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Hidden magma pools pose eruption risks that we can't yet detect

"...Rooyakkers, who is lead author on the study and completed the work while at McGill University, compared the composition of the quenched magma, which had formed smooth volcanic glass, with rocks from an eruption from that same volcano, Krafla, in 1724. Before his study, scientists thought the shallow magma they'd drilled into had been emplaced after a series of eruptions in the 1980s. No one expected the hidden magma to be related to the 1724 eruption, so what Rooyakkers found was a surprise..."

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'Crisis upon crisis,' Canadian details volcanic eruption on St. Vincent

"...Vincent and the Grenadines after the volcanic eruption of La Soufrière that filled the sky with ash and displaced thousands of people have resulted in "crisis upon crisis. " ..."

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Medical student from Kitchener delivering supplies to people displaced by volcanic eruption in St. Vincent

"...KITCHENER -- A medical student from Kitchener is doing what she can to help people displaced by the volcanic eruption in St. Vincent..."

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‘Huge' explosion rocks St. Vincent as volcano keeps erupting

"...The ongoing volcanic activity has threatened water and food supplies, with the government forced to drill for fresh water and distribute it via trucks..."

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Volcanic pollution return linked to jump in respiratory disease cases

"..."It also emphasizes that emissions from volcanoes are a region-wide issue, in this case potentially affecting the whole North Atlantic region. "As the Holuhraun plume returned to Iceland, there was increased use of GPs and hospital emergency care units with regards to respiratory diseases. At the same time, there was a lack of public health advice..."

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Ottawa residents worry for family in St. Vincent after volcanic eruption

"...Volcanic smoke and ash is blanketing the entire island after La Soufriere Volcano erupted on Friday..."

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Having Your Desalination and Eating It, Too Hakai Magazine

"...Residents of the parched, volcanic Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago in the North Atlantic, have relied heavily on desalination to supplement their scant fresh water for the past 50 years. But there is growing evidence that plumes of waste brine from the hundreds of desalination plants on the islands are destroying seagrass along the coastline by reducing photosynthesis, and leaf and root growth. The waste brine—a toxic mix of concentrated seawater, acids, and biocides—also depletes oxygen in the seawater..."

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Landslides: New early warning systems reduce false alarms

"...Many slopes in the Campania region are covered with layers of volcanic soil, the result of repeated eruptions over the course of millennia. As the impacts of climate change worsen, including the occurrence of very intense and short rainfall in localized areas, there is a growing need, especially in this and other Italian regions that are vulnerable to landslides, to understand the dynamics that induce such events more precisely and develop models that can predict them. When employed through adequate early warning systems, these tools can support decision-makers in adopting effective and efficient measures to protect people and the areas themselves from landslides..."

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Study introduces 13 new, threatened species of sparkly moths from Hawaii

"...IMAGE: Micromoths are often poorly studied due to their small size, but they can play key roles in their ecosystems. Many Philodoria moths, such as this Philodoria auromagnifica, feature glittering scales..."

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Icelandic Coast Guards stand beside a live volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula

"...This image provided by the Icelandic Coast Guard shows a volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland on Saturday March 20, 2021. A long dormant volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula flared to life Friday night, spilling lava down two sides in that area's first volcanic eruption in nearly 800 years. Initial aerial footage, posted on the Facebook page of the Icelandic Meteorological Office, showed a relatively small eruption so far, with two streams of lava running in opposite directions..."

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Clive Oppenheimer on the volcanic offerings of our angry earth

Duration: 28:46

"...Clive Oppenheimer has, more than once, been threatened with guns (a Life Scientific first?)..."

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Tamsin Mather on what volcanic plumes reveal about our planet

Duration: 28:15

"...To volcanologist Tamsin Mather, volcanoes are more than a natural hazard. ..."

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Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about volcanic activity.

GREENLAND TSUNAMI Caught Fishermen Off Guard - Camera 3

"...Megatsunamis are caused by giant landslides and other impact events (including meteorite impacts in an ocean), while ordinary tsunamis are usually caused by underwater earthquakes or volcanic eruptions (which do not normally generate such large waves)..."

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GREENLAND TSUNAMI Hits Village Caught On Camera - Camera 2 (Multiple Clips) | Nuugaatsiaq, Greenland

"...Megatsunamis are caused by giant landslides and other impact events (including meteorite impacts in an ocean), while ordinary tsunamis are usually caused by underwater earthquakes or volcanic eruptions (which do not normally generate such large waves)..."

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Fine-tuning the climate | DW Documentary

"...Global warming is causing entire mountain ridges like the Moosfluh above Switzerland’s Aletsch Glacier to break off..."

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Making Sense Of Mars | Mars Academy Episode 1

"...Tharsis is a vast volcanic plateau containing the largest volcanoes in the solar system! ..."

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Assessing the biological reactivity of organic compounds on volcanic ash: implications for human health hazard

"...This study is the first to demonstrate a biological potency of organic pollutants associated with volcanic ash particles..."

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Hydrothermal alteration in Eshtehard volcanoes, Iran: Constraints from trace elements redistribution and stable isotope geochemi

"...We use the mineralogy, trace element compositions and elemental mass balance of volcanic materials collected from propylitic, potassic and phyllic alteration facies in the Eshtehard area of Iran to document the nature and effects of hydrothermal alteration..."

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Boosted fish abundance associated with Posidonia oceanica meadows in temperate shallow CO2 vents

"...Ocean acidification (OA) may induce major shifts in the structure and function of coastal marine ecosystems..."

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Mercury methylation rates in Deception Island (Maritime Antarctica) waters and pyroclastic gravel impacted by volcanic mercury

"...Deception Island is an active volcano in the Antarctica being volcanism a source of mercury..."

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Post-collisional shift from polygenetic to monogenetic volcanism revealed by new 40Ar/39Ar ages in the southern Lesser Caucasus

"...The post-collisional Syunik and Vardenis volcanic highlands, located in the southern Lesser Caucasus mountains (part of the Arabia-Eurasia collision zone) are host to over 200 monogenetic volcanoes, as well as 2 large Quaternary polygenetic volcanoes in the Syunik highland..."

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Submarine lava deltas of the 2018 eruption of K?lauea volcano

"...The catastrophic collapse of these deltas represents one of the most significant, but least predictable, volcanic hazards at ocean islands..."

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Azorella compacta's long-term growth rate, longevity, and potential for dating geomorphological and archaeological feat

"...We determine the long-term growth rate and longevity of an Azorella compacta growing on Misti volcano, near Arequipa, Peru to investigate the species' capacity as a geochronological resource..."

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U–Pb geochronology of the meta-volcanic rocks from Sierra de Calcatapul: Implications for the Middle Triassic syn-rift volcani

"...The Calcatapul Formation consists of a (meta-) volcano-sedimentary syn-rift sequence deposited unconformably, shortly after the extensional Gondwanide orogenic collapse, over a basement composed of Permian granites..."

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Advanced signal recognition methods applied to seismo-volcanic events from Planchon Peteroa Volcanic Complex: Deep Neural Networ

"...Advanced techniques in the recognition and classification of seismo-volcanic events are transcendental when studying active volcanoes, not only for their importance as an accurate real time seismic monitoring procedure but also for the use of their results in modeling the dynamics of the volcanic environment..."

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Game-theoretical model for the sustainable use of thermal water resources: the case of Ischia volcanic Island (Italy)

"...The study aims to establish game-theoretical modeling of the optimal sustainable exploitation of the groundwater resources of the island by competing users (spas) falling in the same flow tube of the aquifer..."

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Zircon double-dating of Quaternary eruptions on Jeju Island, South Korea

"...This paper focuses on the Jeju Island intraplate volcano in South Korea, and compares a previously proposed model for trachyte eruption with new zircon double-dating results..."

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Seismicity along the Santorini-Amorgos zone and its relationship with active tectonics and fluid distribution

"...The Santorini-Amorgos zone is located in the central part of the Hellenic volcanic arc and is hosting eight large faults as well as Kolumbo and Santorini volcanic centers..."

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