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It is a greenhouse gas which absorbs solar radiation and causes a warming effect. Eruptions in the past that produced huge quantities of this gas may have been responsible for mass extinction events The Eruption of Mount. Helens, Prior toMount St.
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Helens last erupted in On March 21, a 4. Small eruptions took place through mid April and the summit of the mountain developed a new crater due to the explosions. By the end of April surveys showed that the north face of the mountain had begun to bulge upwards and outwards at rates up to 1 m per day. By May 12, the bulge had displaced parts of the northern part of the volcano a distance of about m.
Geologists now recognized that this bulge could soon develop into a landslide. This led to a violent eruption that took place over about the next minute. The earthquake triggered a large landslide that began to slide out to the north, initially as three large blocks. As the first block, began to slide downward, the magma chamber beneath the volcano became exposed to atmospheric pressure.
The gas inside the magma expanded rapidly, producing a lateral blast that moved outward toward the north. As the second slide block began to move downwards a vertical eruption column began to form above the volcano.
The landslide thus became a debris avalanche and left a deposit extending about 20 km down the valley see map below. The southern shores of Spirit Lake were displaced about 1 km northward and the level of the lake was raised about 40 m. Within about the first minute of the eruption the summit of Mount St.
Helens had been reduced by about m. The magma however continued to erupt in a Plinian eruption column that reached up to 26 km into the atmosphere. The eruption column collapsed several times to produce pyroclastic flows that moved into Spirit Lake and the upper reaches of the Toutle River Valley.
This Plinian phase lasted about 9 hours and spread tephra in a plume to the east, darkening the area at midday to make it appear like night. In all, 62 people lost their lives, either by being buried by the debris avalanche deposit, or suffocating by breathing the hot gases and dust of the blast. Over the next several days melted snow combined with the new ash to produce lahars that roared down the North and South Forks of the Toutle River and drainages to the south of the volcano.
In general, the eruption had been much larger than most anticipated, but the fact that a hazards study had been carried out, that public officials were quick to act and evacuate the danger zone, and that the volcano was under constant monitoring, resulted in the minimization of loss of life to only 62 instead of a much larger number that could have been killed had not these efforts been in place.
Since the eruption, several volcanic domes have been emplaced in the crater and some have been blasted out. In the future, it is expected that new domes will continue to form, eventually building the volcano back to a form that will look more like it did prior to the eruption. Predicting Volcanic Eruptions Before discussing how we can predict volcanic eruptions, its important to get some terminology straight by defining some commonly used terms. Active Volcano - An active volcano to volcanologists is a volcano that has shown eruptive activity within recorded history.
Thus an active volcano need not be in eruption to be considered active. Currently there are about volcanoes on Earth considered to be active volcanoes. Each year 50 to 60 of volcanoes actually erupt. Extinct Volcano - An extinct volcano is a volcano that has not shown any historic activity, is usually deeply eroded, and shows no signs of recent activity.
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How old must a volcano be to be considered extinct depends to a large degree on past activity. Dormant Volcano - A dormant volcano sleeping volcano is somewhere between active and extinct. A dormant volcano is one that has not shown eruptive activity within recorded history, but shows geologic evidence of activity within the geologic recent past.
Because the lifetime of a volcano may be on the order of a million years, dormant volcanoes can become active volcanoes all of sudden.
These are perhaps the most dangerous volcanoes because people living in the vicinity of a dormant volcano may not understand the concept of geologic time, and there is no written record of activity. These people are sometimes difficult to convince when a dormant volcano shows signs of renewed activity. Long - Term Forecasting and Volcanic Hazards Studies Studies of the geologic history of a volcano are generally necessary to make an assessment of the types of hazards posed by the volcano and the frequency at which these types of hazards have occurred in the past.
The best way to determine the future behavior of a volcano is by studying its past behavior as revealed in the deposits produced by ancient eruptions. Because volcanoes have such long lifetimes relative to human recorded history, geologic studies are absolutely essential.
Once this information is available, geologists can then make forecasts concerning what areas surrounding a volcano would be subject to the various kinds of activity should they occur in a future eruption, and also make forecasts about the long - term likelihood or probability of a volcanic eruption in the area. During such studies, geologists examine sequences of layered deposits and lava flows.
Armed with knowledge about the characteristics of deposits left by various types of eruptions, the past behavior of a volcano can be determined. Using radiometric age dating of the deposits the past frequency of events can be determined. This information is then combined with knowledge about the present surface aspects of the volcano to make volcanic hazards maps which can aid other scientists, public officials, and the public at large to plan for evacuations, rescue and recovery in the event that short-term prediction suggests another eruption.
Such hazards maps delineate zones of danger expected from the hazards discussed above: Short - Term Prediction based on Volcanic Monitoring Short - term prediction of volcanic eruptions involves monitoring the volcano to determine when magma is approaching the surface and monitoring for precursor events that often signal a forthcoming eruption.
Earthquakes - As magma moves toward the surface it usually deforms and fractures rock to generate earthquakes.
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Thus an increase in earthquake activity immediately below the volcano is usually a sign that an eruption will occur. Ground Deformation - As magma moves into a volcano, the structure may inflate.
This will cause deformation of the ground which can be monitored. Instruments like tilt meters measure changes in the angle of the Earth's surface. Other instruments track changes in distance between several points on the ground to monitor deformation. Changes in Heat Flow - Heat is everywhere flowing out of the surface of the Earth. As magma approaches the surface or as the temperature of groundwater increases, the amount of surface heat flow will increase. Although these changes may be small they be measured using infrared remote sensing.
Changes in Gas Compositions - The composition of gases emitted from volcanic vents and fumaroles often changes just prior to an eruption.
In general, increases in the proportions of hydrogen chloride HCl and sulfur dioxide SO2 are seen to increase relative to the proportion of water vapor. Furthermore, sometimes a volcano can erupt with no precursor events at all.
Volcanic Hazards The main types of volcanic hazards have been discussed above, so here we only briefly discuss them. We will not likely have time to discuss these again in detail, so the following material is mostly for review.
Primary Effects of Volcanism Lava Flows - lava flows are common in Hawaiian and Strombolian type of eruptions, the least explosive. Thus, in general, lava flows are most damaging to property, as they can destroy anything in their path.
Pyroclastic Flows - Pyroclastic flows are one of the most dangerous aspects of volcanism. They cause death by suffocation and burning. They can travel so rapidly that few humans can escape.
They and can affect areas far from the eruption. Tephra falls destroy vegetation, including crops, and can kill livestock that eat the ash covered vegetation.
Tephra falls can cause loss of agricultural activity for years after an eruption. Poisonous Gas Emissionsas discussed above. Secondary and Tertiary Effects of Volcanism Mudflows Lahars As discussed above, mudflows can both accompany an eruption and occur many years after an eruption. They are formed when water and loose ash deposits come together and begin to flow. The source of water can be derived by melting of snow or ice during the eruption, emptying of crater lakes during an eruption, or rainfall that takes place any time with no eruption.
Debris Avalanches, Landslides, and Debris Flows - Volcanic mountains tend to become oversteepened as a result of the addition of new material over time as well due to inflation of the mountain as magma intrudes. Oversteepened slopes may become unstable, leading to a sudden slope failure that results in landslides, debris flows or debris avalanches.
Debris avalanches, landslides, and debris flows do not necessarily occur accompanied by a volcanic eruption. There are documented cases of such occurrences where no new magma has been erupted. Flooding - Drainage systems can become blocked by deposition of pyroclastic flows and lava flows. Such blockage may create a temporary dam that could eventually fill with water and fail resulting in floods downstream from the natural dam. Volcanoes in cold climates can melt snow and glacial ice, rapidly releasing water into the drainage system and possibly causing floods.
Jokaulhlaups occur when heating of a glacier results in rapid outburst of water from the melting glacier. Tsunami - Debris avalanche events, landslides, caldera collapse events, and pyroclastic flows entering a body of water may generate tsunami. During the eruption of Krakatau volcano, in the straits of Sunda between Java and Sumatra, several tsunami were generated by pyroclastic flows entering the sea and by collapse accompanying caldera formation.
The tsunami killed about 36, people, some as far away from the volcano as km. Volcanic Earthquakes - Earthquakes usually precede and accompany volcanic eruptions, as magma intrudes and moves within the volcano. Although most volcanic earthquakes are small, some are large enough to cause damage in the area immediately surrounding the volcano, and some are large enough to trigger landslides and debris avalanches, such as in the case of Mount St.
Atmospheric Effects- Fined grained ash and sulfur gases expelled into the atmosphere reflect solar radiations and cause cooling of the atmosphere. CO2 released by volcanoes can cause warming of the atmosphere. Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics Global Distribution of Volcanoes In the discussion we had on igneous rocks and how magmas form, we pointed out that since the upper parts of the Earth are solid, special conditions are necessary to form magmas.
These special conditions do not exist everywhere beneath the surface, and thus volcanism does not occur everywhere. If we look at the global distribution of volcanoes we see that volcanism occurs four principal settings. Along divergent plate boundaries, such as Oceanic Ridges or spreading centers. In areas of continental extension that may become divergent plate boundaries in the future. Along converging plate boundaries where subduction is occurring. And, in areas called "hot spots" that are usually located in the interior of plates, away from the plate margins.
Since we discussed this in the lecture on igneous rocks, we only briefly review this material here. Diverging Plate Margins Active volcanism is currently taking place along all of oceanic ridges, but most of this volcanism is submarine volcanism.
One place where an oceanic ridge reaches above sea level is at Iceland, along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Here, most eruptions are basaltic in nature, but, many are explosive strombolian types or explosive phreatic or phreatomagmatic types. As seen in the map to the right, the Mid-Atlantic ridge runs directly through Iceland Volcanism also occurs in continental areas that are undergoing episodes of rifting. The extensional deformation occurs because the underlying mantle is rising from below and stretching the overlying continental crust.
Upwelling mantle may melt to produce magmas, which then rise to the surface, often along normal faults produced by the extensional deformation. Basaltic and rhyolitic volcanism is common in these areas. In the same area, the crust has rifted apart along the Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden to form new oceanic ridges.
This may also be the fate of the East African Rift Valley at some time in the future. Other areas where extensional deformation is occurring within the crust is Basin and Range Province of the western U.
These are also areas of recent basaltic and rhyolitic volcanism. Converging Plate Margins All around the Pacific Ocean, is a zone often referred to as the Pacific Ring of Fire, where most of the world's most active and most dangerous volcanoes occur. The Ring of Fire occurs because most of the margins of the Pacific ocean coincide with converging margins along which subduction is occurring The convergent boundary along the coasts of South America, Central America, Mexico, the northwestern U.
These are all island arcs. As discussed previously, the magmas are likely generated by flux melting of the mantle overlying the subduction zone to produce basaltic magmas. Through magmatic differentiation, basaltic magmas change to andesitic and rhyolitic magma. Because these magmas are often gas rich and have all have relatively high viscosity, eruptions in these areas tend to be violent, with common Strombolian, Plinian and Pelean eruptions.
Volcanic landforms tend to be cinder cones, stratovolcanoes, volcanic domes, and calderas. The ash plume swiftly reached 15km 9. Meanwhile, melting of snow by hot ash generated swift-moving, hot mudflows that poured down the volcano flanks. Fortunately, thousands had been evacuated from the vicinity of the volcano, and there were no fatalities. View image of A forest destroyed by the volcanic eruption, taken in Credit: During this time thick, black lava also slowly oozed out of the crater — an obsidian flow.
We hiked through eerily silent, ash-choked rainforest until the distant rumbling intensified and we could watch metre-sized chunks of lava being blasted from the vent at dizzying speeds of metres per second. View image of The barren landscape of an obsidian flow Credit: Dr Hugh Tuffen The obsidian flow, as thick as a ten-storey building, creaked and groaned as it inexorably inched forward; a glacier of volcanic glass. Steam and sulphurous volcanic gases streamed out of deep cracks that riddled the ash-blanketed ground.
As the ground cools and gas emissions diminish, we can search a little more closely for clues about the eruption, and why the ash plume was so long-lived. Clues are hidden inside the vent itself, an area of fractured lava half the size of a football pitch that was the source of such a colossal volume of ash, pumice and lava.