Nov 22, 2022

A novel technique to predict volcanic eruptions now possible, thanks to magma ‘foams’

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A seven-year study reveals that variations in specific isotopes linked to magmatic ‘foams’ can be used to predict volcanic unrest.

Scientists have found a way to use the ratio of atoms in specific gases created by volcanic fumaroles (gaps in the Earth’s surface) to detect what’s happening to magma deep below.

Volcanic eruptions are dangerous and challenging to predict. Could the new findings change this?

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Much like obtaining a blood test to examine your health, the new method, published in Nature by a team at the University of Tokyo, could indicate when things are “heating up.” Significantly, it could aid in the prediction of future volcanic eruptions.

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