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Fire bubbles! That's what happens when burning hot liquid magma hits water. National Geographic writes that, “Scientists are trying to. Scientists are trying to determine the potential dangerous effects of introducing water into a pressurized pocket of magma underground. When the lava meets the sea, it cools quickly while boiling the ocean spot is out in an ocean it melts the oceanic crust into silica-poor magma.
Phreatic or phreatomagmatic explosions are common at submarine volcanoes, crater lakes, and other places where hot magma or associated gases encounters surface water or groundwater. Kelut Kelut volcano has been notorious for the repeated ejection of crater-lake water during eruptions, producing devastating lahars. A series of tunnels and shafts were constructed in the 's to lower the lake level and reduce the hazards of eruptions. The initial tunnels lowered the lake level 50 m, but the eruption deepened the crater by 70 m, leaving 50 million cu m of water.
Following another devastating eruption inlower outlet tunnels were constructed, and prior to the eruption the lake contained only 1 million cu m of water. Photo by John Dvorak, U.
Kusatsu-Shiranesan The turquoise waters of Yu-gama, one of three craters at the summit of Japan's Kusatsu-Shirane volcano, are a popular tourist destination. Yellow rafts of sulfur float on the surface of the acidic lake, which prior to an eruption inwas clear, with forested walls. Frequent phreatic explosions have occurred from Yu-gama and the two other summit craters during historical time.
This photo was taken from the south crater rim. Copyrighted photo by Dick Stoiber, Dartmouth College. Tokachidake A phreatomagmatic explosion on December 25,from Japan's Tokachi volcano ejects incandescent blocks and a dark ash cloud. The base of the ash column is the leading edge of a small pyroclastic surge that eventually traveled down the north flank to 1 km from the vent. The eruption began with a phreatic explosion on December Intermittent explosive eruptions with small pyroclastic flows and surges began on December 19 and continued until March 5.
Photo courtesy of Japan Meteorological Agency, The white ring at the base of the eruption column is a steam cloud that is traveling laterally away from the vent along the surface of the crater lake.
When the water vapor bubbles try to rise they are impeded by the linkage of silica chains in the magma and can rise only slowly. The rapid change in confining pressure as the magma body rises to the surface causes the dissolved water vapor bubbles to expand and escape explosively.
When Magma Meets Water
Bubbles that form quickly in a large mass of viscous rhyolitic magma can shatter into a froth of tiny glass-walled bubbles, producing a rock called pumice. A rock with larger bubbles is called scoria.
In magmas with a high dissolved gas content, the rapid decompression associated with a quickly rising magma body can cause the gases to expand in a violent upthrust of a dense mixture of hot gas, lava, and rocks.
The mixture of gas and rocks rises quickly in the cool air, forming an eruption column that can rise up to 45 kilometers 28 miles in height. Sometimes, eruption columns can collapse, producing a pyroclastic flow. Pyroclastic flows have proven to be one of the deadliest features of highly explosive eruptions due to the high speed at which they travel, riding on a cushion of air trapped below the collapsing column.
They can engulf surrounding villages in hot, poisonous gases, rock, and ash.
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Water Circulation in Inactive Volcanoes. When a volcano's eruption ceases, the magma within the underground chamber will remain hot for hundreds or thousands of years. Circulating groundwater that comes into contact with the cooling magma is heated and rises to the surface along rock fractures to form either a thermal spring, fumarole, or geyser. Heated water from some thermal springs—for example, in Iceland, Italy, and New Zealand—are used to heat homes and businesses.
Sometimes deeply circulating hot groundwater dissolves minerals from the cooling magma. The dissolved minerals are then precipitated from the hydrothermal solution and deposited in the openings of the surrounding rock, usually filling cracks and sometimes replacing the rock itself.
These deposits tend not to have great vertical extent but are exceedingly mineralrich. Many famous silver and gold deposits of the western United States, such as Comstock, Nevada and Cripple Creek, Colorado are examples of hydrothermal ore deposits. Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: An Introduction to Physical Geology, 4th ed.
Their sizes range from 0. Inclusions may be observed within a given sample by cutting the mineral into very thin slices 30 to 35 microns [about 0. Fluid inclusions carry information about the history of the surrounding rock material from which they formed. They are considered to be direct samples of the volatile phases that circulated through the lithosphere the Earth's crust and uppermost mantle during the course of Earth's history.
When Magma Meets Water
Volcanoes under ice caps may exhibit an even more spectacular behavior. Basalt lava is capable of melting about ten times its own volume of ice. So when ice-covered volcanoes erupt, huge volumes of meltwater can accumulate until the glacier bursts. These destructive torrents can achieve discharges comparable to that of the Amazon River. Jeferson Jun 11, 4: As published and mostly accepted when magma gets to within kms from the surface as a boiling mass of gases and liquid rock it starts to release that vertically.
Gases break the rock, the magma exploits them and because of the lowering of the pressure it starts expanding into higher volume and really starts the process going. Higher pressure from rock, ice, ocean or a combination of all of them would serve to keep that gas from expanding.
But also as widely accepted is the km magma buoyancy equilibrium.
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Remove the ice, or the ocean or even allow a vent tube to come up meters and it can tip the scales. There is so little that is known about the earth and its processes that we likely will never get a handle on it with only the general stuff being accepted.
We have seen groups like the IPCC use information, without verification and accept it because it came from some previously held in high regard scholars. Now branded charlatans we are rethinking things. Its the open mind that accepts theories and then works to disprove them. By elimination they came up with the magma equilibrium theory and it may or may not be right.
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It would be acceptable to assume just one thing about Katla. The general idea and that is when the pressures below exceed those above it will erupt. I think we can all agree on that. Everything else is conjecture and I can laugh about it and say What do they do if the ice turns to water and runs off and there is no eruption?
Or if it does?