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Textbooks in volcanology commonly emphasize the correlations observed between the volcanic and tectonic systems on Earth, implying direct cause-effect relationships between these two systems. When attention is focused on volcanic activity on other planets, moons and even asteroids, however, the causality implied by the correlations established on Earth becomes less evident. Questioning the cause-effect relationship between Tectonic and Volcanic systems on Earth constitutes the motivation to explore a different approach than that used in the past 30 years. In this paper I undertake this task based on a conceptual definition of a volcanic system that can be used regardless...

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