Fun To know Volcano Facts

Fun Facts for Kids

The Hawaiian Islands volcanoes have formed over a persistent hot spot. The newest member of the Hawaiian Islands is Loihi.  Loihi is a seamount off the coast of Kilauea. Someday it too will be a towering volcano like Kilauea and Mauna Loa. 

Volcanoes dot the land around the Pacific Ocean. About 60% of the individual volcanoes on Earth are stratovolcanoes. Cinder cones are small cone shaped volcanoes with a crater at their summit. Shield volcanoes are formed from magma in the upper mantle. Lava domes are small volcanoes that form inside calderas after a major eruption. These are important volcano facts for kids to know.

Kilauea fissure eruption   USGS

Types of volcanic rocks

Tephra rocks are blown out of a volcano during a volcanic eruption. Ash is commonly blown out of a volcano during a violent eruption. The ash is pulverized rock. Lapilli are small pieces of lava that form during an eruption when the lava breaks apart while airborne. Lava bombs are associated with basalt eruptions that form an aerodynamic shape as it spins in the air before landing on the ground. 

Lava rocks form when lava is fluid enough to flow out of the vent of a volcano. Basalt lava is a fluid lava that can flow for hundreds of miles in some areas before it cools into solid rock. Basalt also forms lava tubes and lava caves as it flows away from the vent of a volcano. Skylights in lava tubes allow basalt flowing through a lava tube to be viewed. Skylights also allow scientists to take samples of the lava in the lava flow.

Andesite lava contains a higher percentage of quartz than basalt. Dacite contains a higher percentage of quartz than andesite. This higher percentage of quarts creates lavas that can build up enough pressure for explosive eruptions by the volcanoes. Sometimes the force of the eruption will propel ash into the stratosphere where it can circle the Earth for years before it falls back to the ground. 

Rhyolite contains the highest percentage of quartz and is associated with supervolcano eruptions.

Volcanoes are fascinating because all the rocks that make up large and small volcanoes were molten rock. Chapter in this book includes information on major types of volcanoes, different types of eruptions, and volcanic rocks produced by the volcanoes .    Myrna

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More facts about subduction zones

Subduction zones are areas where an oceanic plate converges with another tectonic plate. When a continental plate converges with an oceanic plate the oceanic plate is forced beneath the continental plate. ‘

Basalt rocks that make up the seafloors are rich in iron and magnesium. Continental rocks contain primarily quartz and feldspar minerals that are lighter than the iron rich minerals in basalt. That is the reason that an ocean plate is always forced beneath a continental plate when they collide in a subduction zone.

About 60% of all the individual volcanoes on earth are stratovolcanoes. These volcanoes form on the continental side of subduction zones. Stratovolcanoes erupt primarily andesite and dacite that is more viscous than basalt. Eruptions on these volcanoes typically alternate between explosive eruptions of tephra and lava flows.

Hawaiian Islands Volcanoes

The Hawaiian Islands volcanoes are the latest group of islands that have formed over a hot spot beneath the Pacific Plate in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Big Island of Hawaii contains five shield volcanoes that formed over the hotspot.

Each of the islands was created out of basalt that collected in a magma chambers beneath the volcanoes. The hot spot is stationary, but the Pacific Plate is in constant motion. The Pacific Plate is moving northward where it subducts beneath the North American Plate. Scientists have tracked the movement of the plate by plotting the location of seamounts on the seafloor.

Volcanoes in the chains of islands that formed over the hotspot in the past became dormant when the magma chambers of individual volcanoes no longer were above the Hawaiian Hotspot. When the plate moved past the hotspot molten rock stopped filling the magma chambers.

Loihi seamount VOLCANO FACTS FOR KIDS 

The newest member of the Hawaii Volcanoes is Loihi a seamount. It is a seamount off the coast of Kilauea that is growing. Scientists at one time thought it was an extinct volcano until it started erupting. Sometime in the distant future Loihi Volcano will become an island when its summit rises above the surface of the ocean.


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