Interesting Facts About Volcanoes

This is a list of 15 very interesting facts about volcanoes. I hope you enjoy the facts!

15. The word Volcano comes from “Vulcan”, the Roman God of fire.

14. There are 600 active volcanoes on the Earth today.

13. A volcano is an opening in a planet’s surface which allows hot, molten rock, ash and gases to escape from below the surface.

12. Volcanoes develop where the Earth’s crust is weakest, and they spew molten rock.

11. The molten rock is called magma underground and lava on the surface.


10. The main island of Hawaii, an active volcano, is taller than Mt. Everest, if you measure from the ocean floor.

9. Hundreds of years ago, the Aztecs of Mexico and the people of Nicaragua believed gods lived in volcanoes. They would sacrifice beautiful young girls to these powerful gods.

8. While lava can reach 1200 degrees Celsius, the most dangerous elements of an eruption are ash and sulfur dioxide gas, which can lead to acid rain.

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7. The opening at the top of a volcano is called a caldera, from the Spanish word meaning “pot”.

6. Volcanic activity tends to form mountains or features like mountains over a period of time.


5. Volcanoes are generally found where tectonic plates are diverging or converging. A mid-oceanic ridge, for example the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, has examples of volcanoes caused by divergent tectonic plates pulling apart; the Pacific Ring of Fire has examples of volcanoes caused by convergent tectonic plates coming together.

4. In 1935, the U.S. Air Force bombed a lava flow headed for the Hawaiian city of Hilo. The flow slowed and stopped, but nobody has been able to prove that the bombs were responsible.

3. Volcanos come in many forms including fissure vents, domes, stratovolcanoes, and super volcanoes, such as Novarupta. Its eruption was the most powerful eruption in modern history and could be heard from many 100s of miles away.

2. During volcanic eruptions, lightning storms are common.

1. Large eruptions can affect temperature as ash and droplets of sulfuric acid obscure the sun and cool the Earth’s lower atmosphere or troposphere; however, they also absorb heat radiated up from the Earth, thereby warming the stratosphere. Historically, so-called volcanic winters have caused catastrophic famines.

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