The primary impact volcanoes have on the environment is the release of volcanic gases into the atmosphere. Volcanoes release around 130 million tons of carbon dioxide each year, as well as toxic pollutants like sulfur di... More »

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In spite of some heavily destructive properties, volcanoes play an important role in the environment. According to Oregon State University, volcanoes create new islands and land, provide habitats for pioneer species, cre... More »

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An erupting volcano emits gases and dust particles that can cause profound changes in weather and climate throughout the world. Volcanism also affects the environment by producing acid rain and making ocean water warmer. More »

Volcanoes are important for many reasons, including benefiting nearby plants with nutrient-rich ash, providing rare species with habitats that are inaccessible to humans and livestock, and enriching the atmosphere with g... More »

In spite of some heavily destructive properties, volcanoes play an important role in the environment. According to Oregon State University, volcanoes create new islands and land, provide habitats for pioneer species, cre... More »

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It is estimated that approximately 50 to 60 volcanoes erupt globally every month. Some volcanoes, such as Kilauea, are almost continually active. Other volcanoes only erupt once every few decades. More »

Lava, or molten rock that erupts from volcanoes and fissures, is so hot because rock only melts at very high heat. Typically, only a small portion of any rock melts, even at depths of around 93 miles inside the Earth. More »