Kyy010203 asked in 科學及數學化學 · 1 decade ago


How can volcano formed in the nature?

How to an active volcano become an extinct volcano?

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    Volcanoes form when hot material from below rises and leaks into the crust. This hot material, called magma, comes either from a melt of subducted crustal material, and which is light and buoyant after melting, or it may come from deeper in the interior of a planet and is light and buoyant because it is *very* hot.

    Magma, rising from lower reaches, gathers in a reservoir, in a weak portion of the overlying rock called the magma chamber. Eventually, but not always, the magma erupts onto the surface. Strong earthquakes accompany rising magma, and the volcanic cone may swell in appearance, Scientist often monitor the changing shape of a volcano, especially prior to an eruption. The different reasons why a volcano forms are

    via plumes or hot spots in the lithosphere

    as a result of subduction of the nearby lithosphere

    A volcano will remain potentially active as long as it remains within the

    active geological environment that gave rise to it. There are three main

    types of geological processes that produce volcanism: hotspots, in which

    a plume of hot material from deep within the Earth rises to the surface;

    constructive plate boundaries at which new ocean crust is created at mid-

    ocean ridges; and destructive plate boundaries at which ocean crust is

    destroyed by subduction back into the mantle. All three of these

    phenomena tend to be long-lived geological features, and so the volcanism

    they produce can be long-lived, producing many generations of volcanoes.

    Any volcano located within such an active setting is best considered to be

    active, even if it has never been observed to erupt within recorded


    Having said that, there are many volcanoes that obviously are extinct.

    These are often very ancient volcanoes, which are no longer located in an

    active volcanic province. A good example is the ancient volcano in which

    the city of Edinburgh, in Scotland, is located. The Edinburgh volcano is

    the eroded remnant of a volcano that was active during the Carboniferous

    Period, about 250,000,000 years ago. It was once located in an active

    setting, but the geological action has, so to speak, long since moved

    elsewhere. There is no possibility that this volcano is still active.

    Less clear-cut is the case of volcanoes that have not erupted for perhaps

    many thousands of years, but that are still located in an active volcanic

    province such as a volcanic chain which contains active volcanoes. Such

    "dormant" volcanoes may be extinct, but it is difficult to state

    categorically that they are.

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