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    History and Politics

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    be seen through the unique culture that exists there today. During these changes the politics of Dominica were altered as different tribes had different ways of ruling just like Spain, France, and Britain did too. Millions of years ago fierce volcanic activity began deep below the sea, in the region known now as the Caribbean. Some of these volcanoes managed to push their way up from the ocean floor to become islands; the tallest of these islands is Dominica. Since then Dominica has seen many

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    The Eruption and its impacts In November 1985, one of the most catastrophic eruptions took place to rewrite the history of natural disasters. It was a volcanic eruption that took place in northern Colombia in Nevado Del Ruiz which took many lives. Over 23,000 people were killed and caused mostly due to a large mud flow which “swept through the town of Armero.” [4] These mud flows is what geologists call “lahars”; the word comes from the Indonesian term for “hot or cold mixture of water and rock fragments

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    EarthQuakes

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    the 18th century, few accurate descriptions of earthquakes were recorded, and little was known about what caused them. When seismology was introduced it was learned that many earthquakes are the result of sea floor spreading, but most are caused by volcanic eruptions and plate tectonics. The plate tectonic theory explains that the earth is made up of 20 different plates that are always moving slowly past each other. This action pulls and compacts the plates, creating intense forces that cause the plates

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    Mono Basin Volcanism

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    hundred year intervals over the past two thousand to three thousand years (Molossia; 2004). Hot springs and fumeroles and other signs show that this area is still active (USDA; 97). Though there has not been any volcanic eruptions in the last six hundred years, there is still evidence of volcanic unrest in the Mono Basin area. (The Picture above compliments of USGS). The Mono Craters were all formed within the last forty thousand years. These craters are localized on a north-trending fissure system

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    lubricating rock and soil surfaces to enhance the beginning of movement, adding weight to an incipient landslide, and imparting a buoyancy to the individual particles, which helps overcome the inertia to move. Landslides can also be triggered from volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, which initiate earth movement on a grand scale. Landslides are frequently the direct consequence of human activity. They are predominant in highland areas where Agricultural irrigation and forestry practices such as

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    The Diamond

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    to cool very gradually, forming diamond crystals. When volcanic eruptions occur, magma carries the diamonds up to the surface of the earth. Kimberlite lavas carrying diamonds erupt at anywhere between 10 and 30 km/hour and increase their velocity to several hundred km/hour within the last few kilometers. (Pough, 44) At the surface, this lava cools and turns into Kimberlite rock. That is why diamonds are often found in kimberlite, a volcanic rock, which is often much younger than the diamonds themselves

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    Webster’s dictionary definition, are, “a shaking or trembling of the earth that is volcanic or tectonic in origin.” World Book Encyclopedia reports scientists believe that more than 8,000 earthquakes occur each day without causing damage. A little more than 1,000 each year are strong enough to be felt. Earthquakes occur in the general sense, anywhere on land. Other earthquakes go by different names, such as volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, large tidal wave storms that occur underwater, primarily

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    Earthquake and Volcanic Hazards in the Caribbean If one took this statement to mean in recent times, it would not be fair to make such a statement as Caribbean people have not had to deal with earthquake hazards as they have the volcanic hazards; and one can’t say they find it difficult to respond to the earthquake hazards. The five major natural hazards that threaten the Caribbean are hurricanes, floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis, with earthquakes being the least common

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    Evolution of Man

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    it, if it were to die, the ratio would change greatly after many years. It is the difference between this ratio now and the time is died that allows a date for it to be established. Potassium-argon dating, another dating method, is possible due to volcanic ash and rocks found near many fossil sites. Rocks and ash created in this manner contain potassium-40, but no argon. As time passes, the potassium-40 decays into argon-40. In the laboratory, the sample is reheated, and since argon-40 is a gas, it

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    Volcanic Emissions and Global Cooling

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    Volcanic Emissions As volcanoes erupt, they blast huge clouds into the atmosphere. These clouds are made up of particles and gases that were previously trapped in the geosphere, including sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, chlorine, argon, carbon monoxide, and water vapor. Millions of tons of harmful sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide gas can reach the stratosphere from a major volcano. While all these gases play a small part in volcanic-induced climate change, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide

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