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Crystals used to classify volcanic eruptions

By Rob Shikina

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 10, 2014

~~<p>A new study using crystals as a time capsule of sorts for information about the early formation of magma is giving scientists a better understanding as to what causes different eruption types at Kilauea volcano.</p>
<p>The study found that the source rock forming the magma largely signals whether the eruption will be violent or ooze out of the earth, said Bruce Houghton, a professor in volcanology at the University of Hawaii.</p>
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A new study using crystals as a time capsule of sorts for information about the early formation of magma is giving scientists a better understanding as to what causes different eruption types at Kilauea volcano.

The study found that the source rock forming the magma largely signals whether the eruption will be violent or ooze out of the earth, said Bruce Houghton, a professor in volcanology at the University of Hawaii. Login for more...



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