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    Science of Volcanic Activity Prediction

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    Science of Volcanic Activity Prediction Since the dawn of history, volcanoes have been an awe inspiring feature of the earth that has frightened and intrigued mankind. Volcanoes have taken the lives of over 250,000 people in the last three hundred years and changed the lives of millions of others, but up until recently humans have had very little understanding of the volcanic processes that presage an eruption. The advent and implementation of new technologies and scientific methods has allowed

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    The Effects and Causes of Volcanic Activity

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    Volcanoes are formed when magma is expelled from the Earth’s surface, resulting in volcanic eruptions consisting of ash and lava. Over time, the lava cools and forms into rock on the Earth’s surface. Whenever an eruption occurs, the newly-formed rock from the lava layers continuously until the volcano takes its shape. Volcanic eruptions have taken place for thousands of years, and even today, according to the U.S Geological Survey (2010), there are approximately 1500 active volcanoes located throughout

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    forming a volcanic outcrop now called the Bishop Tuff. Today, an expanding resurgent dome in the center of the depression indicates current magmatic activity beneath the caldera, and earthquake swarms in the last 25 years could also be linked to subsurface magma movement. Clearly, the Long Valley caldera is not dormant, so understanding the eruption that formed the caldera and surrounding features is essential to assessing the region's current and, more importantly, possible future activity. Volcanic

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    allocation of resources and general rate of consumption. Within this essay, I will illustrate a brief history of energy use and development. Geothermal energy can only be produced in particular geological settings. Only areas with recent volcanic activity can produce the heat needed for geothermal production. Therefore, a basic understanding of tectonic plate movement and volcanology is required to understand the production of geothermal energy. I intend to give a general background on the geological

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    Theories on Dinosaur Extinction

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    dinosaurs (many large plant-eating dinosaurs), crocodiles, and turtles of the time were gone before the asteroid struck in the Cretaceous period. The Firestorm Theory At one point it was thought that an impact from an asteroid combined with volcanic activity would have created mass numbers of firestorms with ground temperatures reaching 1000 degrees Celsius. It was thought that anything that was not destroyed directly from the fires would have died due to blocked sunlight as a result from the soot

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    Global Warming

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    the land surface was connected. The continents separated and migrated to their present positions. The force behind this is called plate tectonics. The sea floor is still spreading today and is the driving force for all of the earthquakes and volcanic activity that we experience today. Convection currents created by the tremendous heat and pressure of the inner core move the plates. This core is undergoing massive thermonuclear reactions. The heat produced migrates outward and the currents it produces

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    The Origins of Life

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    (heat) basic elements can form and break bonds to become increasingly complex. Given the theories have technically been progressing since 1922 and A.I. Oparin’s hypothesizing, the major strides have been in recent research. Through studies of volcanic activity, fossils, and archaebacteria, speculation leans heavily toward evidence provided by “hot” theory experiments. Given that it is quite plausible and possible that the early earth had the suggested “hot” environment providing heat and monomers

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    Tsunami

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    crustal movement that displaces a large volume of the overlying water * Landslides: often earthquake or volcanically triggered, can be purely submarine or the slide could begin on land and slide into the water (i.e. a collapsing volcano) * Volcanic activity: usually subaerial, could be pyroclastic flows, lahars, nuees ardants, or collapse of the mountain side * Impact of a large meteor or asteroid * A tsunami behaves as a shallow water wave. * Tsunami's travel in much the same way as your

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    Craters Investigation

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    200 (320 miles) or more in diameter. Meteorites hitting the lunar surface at high velocity produced most of the large craters. Many of the smaller ones - those measuring less than 1km (0.6 mile) across could have been formed by explosive volcanic activity. Many craters have a surrounding ring: this is usually quite low although a typical one may be about 1500m (4920 feet) above the surrounding landscape. In many cases, there is a central peak or several peaks within a crater. The darker

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    cause erosion at Muriwai such as wave erosion, wind erosion and wave refraction. Thousands of years ago when sea levels dropped over years at the Southern end of Muriwai, the sedimentary rock and sandstone was exposed to the air. Rock from volcanic activity mixed with the sedimentary rock; this is called Breccia -- a mixture of all rock. An example of this is at Maori Bay. Coastal Erosion operates at different rates and different times. Limestone rock is eroded slower than sedimentary rock. The

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