Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

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Friday, 31st August 2012

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change the landscape by reaching out with massive lava flows and connecting itself to the mainland. The lava also engulfed several…

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Thursday, 30th August 2012

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant stratovolcano in Tanzania that at 5,893 metres is the highest mountain in Africa. At the time, Noel wrote of the…

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Thursday, 30th August 2012

Piton de la Fournaise (Volcano Week 7)

On the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, there are two volcanoes: Piton des Neiges has been inactive for 20,000 years, but Piton de la Fournaise in the south is one of the most active volcanoes in the world,…

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Wednesday, 29th August 2012

Colima (Volcano Week 7)

Colima is an active volcano in Mexico — one of the most active in North America. With an elevation of 4,270 metres, it is the sixth-highest peak in Mexico. Due to its frequent eruptions, Colima has a very symmetrical cone-shape.…

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Tuesday, 28th August 2012

Mount Etna (Volcano Week 7)

Siciliy’s Mount Etna is the largest volcano in Italy, the tallest in all of Europe, and one of the world’s most active volcanoes, with some form of volcanic activity taking place almost constantly. Mount Etna’s height varies with the ongoing…

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Monday, 27th August 2012
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