The benefits of living near a volcano are enriched soil, opportunities to efficiently harness geothermal energy and potential tourist income. Metals and precious stones are also common in volcanic soil, and rivers flowin... More »

Lava, fragments and ash clouds from volcanoes all pose dangers to nearby residents and their property. Hot lava from effusive volcanoes can kill people and burn plants and buildings. Rock and material fragments that spew... More »

In some cases, locals live near volcanoes out of allegiance or personal connection to the area. Since active volcanoes may go hundreds or thousands of years without eruption, some residents are descendants of many genera... More »

The three stages of a volcano's life cycle are dormant, active and extinct. However, the definitions of these life stages are not always set in stone, according to Oregon State University. More »

A plug dome volcano is a rounded volcano containing very thick lava that congests or “plugs” easily. Plug dome volcanoes come in many different forms. However, they all possess viscous lava that cannot flow readily. Thes... More » Science Earth Science Volcanoes

The Stromboli volcano is unique among the world's volcanoes in that it has been erupting almost continually for nearly 2,000 years. In spite of this, as of 2014, there have been fewer than 10 recorded deaths associated w... More »

Volcanologists wear heavy boots, long-sleeved shirts and heavy work gloves in order to protect their bodies from lava near a volcano. According to Oregon State University, volcanologists might also wear jeans, a rock-cli... More » Science Earth Science Volcanoes