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January 28 2013

Tangaroan, New Type of Volcanic Eruption


Volcanic eruptions are commonly categorized as either explosive or effusive.

Inside volcanoes, gases are dissolved in the molten magma as a function of the very high pressures and chemistry of the magma. In the same way that gases dissolved in carbonated drinks bubble up when you take the lid off, when magma is erupted as lava, the pressure is relieved and the gases exsolve to form small gas bubbles or so-called ‘vesicles.’.

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