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Supervolcanoes and their explosive supereruptions

Calvin F. Miller and David A. Wark
Supervolcanoes and their explosive supereruptions
Elements (February 2008) 4 (1): 11-15


Earth's largest volcanic eruptions were an order of magnitude larger than any witnessed by humans since the advent of civilization. These "supereruptions" have played an important role in our species' past and they pose a serious future threat. In this issue of Elements, we consider key issues that reflect both the scientific and social importance of these awe-inspiring phenomena: the products and processes of the eruptions themselves, the nature and evolution of the shallow magma chambers that feed them, the monitoring of active supervolcano systems, and the potential consequences to humans of future supereruptions.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 4
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Supervolcanoes and their explosive supereruptions
Affiliation: Vanderbilt University, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Nashville, TN, United States
Pages: 11-15
Published: 200802
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 27
Accession Number: 2008-072078
Categories: Quaternary geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
N37°40'60" - N37°46'00", W118°52'00" - W118°43'00"
N44°10'00" - N45°00'00", W111°04'60" - W109°49'60"
Secondary Affiliation: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, United States
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 200819
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