Monday, December 08, 2008

Volcanoes And The "Champagne Effect"

A scientific theory that powerful earthquakes can trigger volcanic eruptions.

Makes sense to me. Volcanic eruptions are basically all about venting of gases from the mantle of the Earth through fissures and cracks in the crust, and earthquakes, which are basically the result of the various continental plates grinding together, can be compared to shaking a bottle of soda or doing 100 jumping jacks after drinking a quart of beer.

The gas has to escape somehow.


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