Volcanoes - Courtney Verblaauw Internet Research Lab#3...

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Courtney Verblaauw Internet Research Lab #3 April 27, 2010 Volcanoes Introduction - There are more than 1,500 potentially active volcanoes in the world, which eight to ten of them are erupting at any given instant. On the bottom of the ocean floor circling the Pacific basin is the home of a series of volcanic arcs and oceanic trenches coinciding with the edges of one of Earth's main tectonic plates called the Ring of Fire. It gets this name because of its frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. For my lab I will be discussing the chemistry of how volcanoes form and the major ones around the world. Background - About 80% of these volcanoes are located in countries in Pacific Asia. The most active country in Asia is Indonesia. It has 76 historically active volcanoes, 4/5 of which erupted in the last century and ten have erupted since 1990. It is interesting to see how volcanoes can affect the immediate areas and how destructive they can be.
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