Understanding Volcanic Eruptions: Quiet vs Violent Activity

Understanding Volcanic Eruptions: Quiet vs Violent Activity

This article focuses on volcanic eruptions and the difference between quiet and violent activity. It also examines the impact of silica and gas content on explosivity.

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1. Volcanoes and volcanism *Volcanoes represent venting of the Earths interior *Molten magma rises within the Earth and is erupted either quietly (lavas) or violently (pyroclastics)

2. Quiet vs. violent activity *Quiet eruptions tend to produce lava flows , which are not so dangerous *Explosive eruptions produce fragmental, or pyroclastic , material; these are dangerous *Two controls on explosivity are (1) the silica content and (2) the gas content of the magma Basalt: 50% SiO 2 , gas-poor Andesite: 60% SiO 2 , gas-rich Rhyolite: 70% SiO 2 , gas-rich *Magmas with higher silica contents are more viscous

3. Global distribution of volcanoes

4. Magma generation at mid- ocean ridges In these zones, the mantle rises and melts, producing magma of silicate composition the magma continues to rise, and erupts mainly as basaltic lava flows

5. Magma generation at hot spots Magmas at hot spots are derived from deep within the mantle The magmas are fed by deep mantle plumes which are stationary relative to the drifting tectonic plates

6. Magma generation at subduction zones During subduction, the subducted oceanic plate is heated as it plunges into the mantle At a depth of 80-120 km, melting begins, and volcanoes are produced which parallel the subduction zone Andesitic magmas are typical of these volcanoes

7. Plate tectonics and volcanism

8. Volcanic hazards of North America Active volcanoes have erupted at least once in the past 10,000 years The most active volcanoes (in red) are those associated with subduction zones

9. Volcanic hazards of Canada Canada has active volcanoes (black triangles) which pose a potential threat in B.C. Another major hazard is ashfall from explosive eruptions of Cascade volcanoes in Washington state

10. Volcano types

11. Volcano types: cinder cones Cinder cones are volcanoes which erupt only during one episode They are explosive, but small in size The cone is a pile of pyroclastic debris which piles up at the angle of repose

12. Volcano types: cinder cones The cinders are generally of basaltic composition The eruptive activity typically lasts a few months or years

13. Cinder cones: Parcutin Parcutin volcano in Mexico is a classic cinder cone The region contains many cinder cones It consists of both pyroclastics and lava

14. Parcutin - lava flows These images shows the development of lavas in 1943 and in 1951-52 Red areas show new lava flows

15. Parcutin - five views taken from Luhr and Simkin (1993) The eruption was preceded by about 1 months of felt seismicity The eruption began in a farmers field on 20 February 1943 It erupted for a comparatively long (?) time (1943-1951)

16. Parcutin Here is a photo of the volcano showing the classic form of cinder cones In the foreground is the obviously distressed farmer, Dionisio Pulido

17. Parcutin This is a view of the volcano in March 1944 In the foreground, note the flat-lying lava flows from the volcano lava

18. Parcutin The partly unfinished towers of San Juan Parangaricutico surrounded by 1944 lava flows from the volcano Note how the lava fills, but does not destroy, the church

19. Parcutin Note how the percentage of pyroclastic material declines steadily with time while the opposite is observed for lava The daily mass eruption rate also declines steadily

20. From: http://www.meteo.mcgill.ca/195-250/2008/ppt/volcanoes.ppt Volc1 to Volc 6 .