About Volcanoes

As much as they may inspire fear in us, volcanoes also fascinate us. Here is an overview of the world's most famous volcanoes, as well as some fascinating facts about this natural phenomenon. 

Volcano Trivia

Are Volcanoes Mountains?

A similarity exists between mountains and volcanoes. However, there is a difference in their formation. A mountain results from various geological processes such as movement and opposition of tectonic plates. On the other hand, a volcano forms around a vent when magma flows out and reaches the surface of the earth.

Are Volcanoes Mountains?

When Is A Volcano Considered Active, Dormant, Or Extinct?

Volcanoes are classified as active, dormant, or extinct based on their activity since the last Ice Age. Active volcanoes are those that have seen some volcanic activity within the last 10,000 years. Dormant volcanoes are those that have erupted sometime before or after the last Ice Age and retains the ability to erupt again in future, but has not seen any activity in the past 10,000 years. Extinct volcanoes are those that have had no activity in the past 10,000 years and are believed to lack the ability to ever erupt again.

Difference Between an Active, Dormant, and Extinct Volcano

Where is the Largest Active Volcano in the World?

Hawaii's Mauna Loa is the world's largest active volcano.

Where Is The Largest Active Volcano In The World?

What Is Tallest Volcano In The World?

Nevado Ojos del Salado, a stratovolcano in the Andes, is the highest active volcano in the world. It has an elevation of 22,615 feet. The most recent major eruption happened 1,300 years ago. The volcano is situated on the Argentina-Chile border near the Atacama Desert.

The Tallest Volcanoes in the World

Where is Paricutin?

The Paricutin is a unique volcano in Mexico known for its sudden appearance in 1943 from out of a cornfield owned by a Mexican farmer named Dionisio Pulido. This scoria-cone volcano is located close to the city of Uruapan in the Michoacán state of the country.

Where is the Paricutin Volcano?

When Did the Soufrière Hills Volcano Erupt?

In 1995, the Soufrière Hills volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat became active. As a result, half of Montserrat became uninhabitable. As the volcano had been dormant for over 3 centuries and had been deemed inactive, this came as a devastating blow to the small island and its inhabitants.

The 1995 Soufrière Hills Eruption

What Is A Mud Volcano?

A mud volcano occurs when pressures deep within the Earth cause the spewing of mud, gases, and liquids, like acidic water, onto the surface. A mud volcano can appear hill or mound shaped, and differs from traditional igneous volcanoes because no lava or ashes are produced.

What Is a Mud Volcano?

What Is The Tallest Volcano In Europe?

Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy, is Europe's highest volcano. Mount Etna has an elevation of 3,329 meters above sea level and is known for its frequent volcanic eruptions.

The Highest Volcanoes in Europe