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Visiting Antarctica, we will not be able to see:
the saltiest lake in the world
the most oxygenated lake in the world
a stony desert
In Antarctica we can find the Erebus high volcano at nearly 4 km, the Don Juan pond with a salinity of 44.2%, and the desert of the McMurdo Valleys. Lake Vostok with an oxygen content 5 times more than the average, however, is hidden under a 4 km layer of glacier.
Which country had its capital completely destroyed by volcano eruption?
On 18 July 1995, the previously dormant Soufrière Hills volcano, in the southern part of the island, became active. Eruptions destroyed Montserrat's Georgian era capital city of Plymouth. Between 1995 and 2000, two-thirds of the island's population was forced to flee, primarily to the United Kingdom, leaving fewer than 1,200 people on the island as of 1997 (rising to nearly 5,000 by 2016)
Which volcano is known as being one of the most active, but at the same one of the least violent in the world?
Mt Etna, Italy
Mt Pinatubo, Philippines
Kīlauea is one of the most active volcanoes on the planet and an invaluable resource for volcanologists who are able to study it up close due to its exclusively non-violent effusive activity. Kīlauea lacks a distinct peak and lies close to Mauna Loa.
What is the typical source of pressure buildup inside a volcano?
centrifugal force of Earth rotation
boiling of rainwater
degassing of magma
The whole process begins when hot magma is lifted by convection to the magma chamber. As the pressure in the chamber is lower than deep in Earth's crust, the gas starts to release. Since degassed magma has lower density, it may then sink and be replaced with new one. This process may build up huge pressure of gases, eventually causing explosion.
Which island is known as "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean"?
Mt Stromboli has been in almost one continuous eruption for the past 2000 years, which is the longest known in the world. The volcano explodes at intervals ranging from minutes to hours. This is known as Strombolian eruption type, also observed at other volcanoes worldwide.
What is the world's only active volcano that erupts natrocarbonatite lava?
Ol Doinyo Lengai
Ol Doinyo Lengai is an active volcano located in Tanzania. It uniquely produces natrocarbonatite lava. Due to this unusual composition, the lava is erupted at relatively low temperatures (approx. 500-600 °C). This temperature is so low that the molten lava appears black in sunlight, rather than having the red glow common to most lavas.
How many active volcanoes are there in Italy? (That have erupted during the last 100 years)
These are Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. There are several other volcanoes considered dormant, of which 7 erupted in historic times (Vulcano 1890, Isola Ferdinandea 1831, Campi Flegrei 1528, Ischia 1302, Larderello 1282, Lipari 729, Vulsini 104BC)
What is the most explosive type of volcanic eruptions?
According to the Volcanic Explosivity Index, the strongest types of volcanic eruptions are Plinian/Ultra-Plinian. Some of the notable examples in that category include Lake Toba, Tambora and Krakatoa.
This double peaked volcano is the highest mountain of a certain country. Which one?
Two characteristic peaks of Mt Elbrus have two volcano craters. The eastern peak has an enormous crater 250m in diameter.