Volcano season – Graph It! – Brief Article
Seasons can affect your moods, but can they uncork a volcano? Geologist Ben Mason, from the University of Cambridge in England, tallied 300 years’ worth of monthly eruptions from the world’s most active volcanoes. Result: These sporadic scorchers explode more often from December through February.
Why? Some scientists think snow build-up in winter squishes the North Pole, making Earth’s middle latitudes fatter. This tiny shape change relieves pressure, or weight, from volcanoes and may jolt an eruption–like uncapping a shaken bottle of soda.
Look at the graph below: Which season is least active?
FAST MOVERS: In an eruption, lava can travel up to 100 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour)!
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Mason’s data (shown below) found a pattern in volcanic eruptions–something geologists have sought for over a century.
Number of eruptions
Season in the last 300 years
* indicates a gap in the scale
Note: Table made from bar graph.
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