Volcano Comic

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  • It's a postcard, with directions to a real volcano!
  • LET'S GO!!
  • What's the thing in your hand?
  • Well, this volcano is extinct, not active.
  • Let's go to another volcano!
  • A volcano that is extinct is very unlikely to erupt again. An active one is likely to erupt soon.
  • AWW! I wanted to see an eruption!
  • Extinct? Active?
  • I reckon this volcano is dormant. It also appears to be a composite volcano.
  • A dormant volcano is a volcano that is not active, but is expected to BECOME active. And a composite volcano is made up of many layers.
  • Let's talk more in my room.
  • What's with all the volcano terms? Like dormant, and composite?
  • Oh, you know, like lava and volcanic ash. Also, composite volcanoes are cone shaped. Meanwhile, do you know the parts of a volcano?
  • Well, to start, a volcano is formed when pieces of land, called plates, collide or converge. A volcano has a pipe, which the magma, the stuff that erupts, travels up. Magma comes from deep within Earth's mantle, and is stored in the magma chamber. When the magma erupts through a vent, or hole, in the volcano, it is then called lava.
  • You mentioned that volcanoes are made of layers, but, layers of what?
  • No, actually, I don't. Please tell me them!
  • Have you heard of hot spots?
  • What about the types of volcanoes?
  • Let's start with hot spots. Hot spots are spots where the magma from the mantle rises through cracks in the crust, making a volcano. We already covered composite volcanoes, but there are many other types. Like shield volcanoes, and cinder cone volcanoes.
  • There are different types?
  • Tell me about those!
  • Hot spots?
  • Shield volcanoes are volcanoes created by layers of hardened lava, forming a wide, sloping mountain, the shield volcano. A cinder cone volcano shoots out a lot more then magma, and those materials build up around the the vent to form a steep cone shape, which is the cinder cone volcano. Now onto some new terms.
  • Any time!
  • A caldera, a caldera is formed when volcanic mountain collapses, and makes a hole, which is the caldera. Batholith, which is a big rock which forms when a large amount of magma cools inside the crust. You might find the next one interesting, geothermal activity! That's when magma, located a few kilometers beneath the surface heats up underground water. Geothermal activity causes geysers and hot springs.
  • Thank's for teaching me about volcanoes!
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