Volcanoes Essay

Volcanoes have played a key role in forming the face of the earth as we know it today. Some of the most well known landmarks and locations in the world are volcanoes. From the Hawaiian Islands to Mount Vesuvius, the Earth is populated with hundreds of active and dormant volcanoes. Among these volcanoes there are multiple different types. Stratovolcanoes, the most dangerous type of volcanoes, are built by multiple eruptions over many years. Shield Volcanoes, the largest recognizable volcanoes, are characterized by being short but very broad with low sloping sides. Cinder cones, the most common type of volcano in the world, are composed of large amounts of tephra, or pyroclastic debris. The last type of volcano is supervolcanoes. Supervolcanoes are the largest volcanoes. They also have the highest potential for damage. This paper will discuss these these different types of volcano.
Stratovolcanoes are the most picturesque volcanoes in the world. Despite being the most beautiful they are also the most deadly type of volcano. Stratovolcanoes are characterized by gentle lower slopes with very steep slopes near the summit. Some of the most well known mountains in the world are stratovolcanoes. Mount Fuji, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Vesuvius are all very well known stratovolcanoes. Stratovolcanoes are typically built up over hundreds of thousands of years by many eruptions. Stratovolcanoes get their name from the way that they are formed. The alternating lava flows, pyroclastic flows, and lahars form multiple strata over many years and eruptions. These volcanoes can be composed from a huge spectrum of different rock types ranging from basalt to rhyolite in a single volcano, but the most common type of rock found in the...

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...ified on the surfaces of some of Jupiter and Saturn’s moons. The more humans learn about the solar system, and the more that technology increases allowing for scientists to see more of the solar system, the more volcanism is found on extra terrestrial bodies.
All of these types of volcanoes have played a major role in shaping the world that we live in. From the tropical island chains composed of shield volcanoes to the picturesque mountain ranges formed by stratovolcanoes, volcanoes have been shaping the face of the for billions of years. Many volcanoes and volcano chains have even become tourist locations. Volcanoes have also been a major topic of interest to scientific minds since the first eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Volcanoes will likely continue to be major geographic features on the earth as well as other planets for as long as the planets exist.

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