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6 May 2017

 - A chain reaction of volcanic eruptions which shaped the landscape of North America was triggered by a meteor strike nearly two billion years ago, according to a new study.

In a geological study of Canada’s Sudbury Basin, the second largest meteor impact zone on the planet, scientists claim to have found evidence of “long-lived and explosive” eruptions that lasted for hundreds of thousands of years after the meteor struck the Earth.

Published in ‘Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets’, the research suggests that by plowing into the Earth’s surface, the meteor created disruptions under the crust that “progressively fed” volcanic eruptions.

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6 March 2017

 - You may have already seen the headlines: Italy’s Mount Etna recently spewed an impressive amount of lava during what is now its second eruption within the last year. Mount Etna represents Europe’s biggest and most powerful volcano, and its eruption poses a hazard to air traffic and potentially the surrounding villages and homes on the lower slopes of the volcano.

Volcano eruptions aren’t as rare as many people assume them to be. Although Mount Etna is the latest volcano to make big headlines, there are numerous other eruptions occurring all over the world. Volcanoes are erupting practically everywhere: India’s only volcano is active again after 150 years, and four of Iceland’s main volcanos are expected to erupt soon, to name a few. This begs the question: Is something happening to the Earth’s core?

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