Interesting facts about volcanoes

by gowtham 2010-01-27 14:54:46

The name “volcano” has its origin from the name of Vulcan, a god of fire in Roman mythology.

Earth has more than 1,500 active volcanoes.

The largest volcano in the world is Mauna Loa. It has a volume of about 40,000 cubic kilometers, and an above-sea level area of 5125 square kilometers.

The most common type of lava - called basalts - usually have eruption temperatures of about 1150-1200 C.

The highest volcano is Ojos del Salado in Chile. It is 22,589 feet (6,887 m) tall.

More than 80% of the Earth’s surface is volcanic in origin.

About 500 million people live close to active volcanoes!

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