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accretionary lapilli

Volcanology
Accretionary lapilli in an ash deposit on Santorini.
Accretionary lapilli in an ash deposit on Santorini.
Small spherical balls of volcanic ash
Accretionary lapilli are small spherical balls of volcanic ash that form from a wet nucleus falling through a volcanic ash cloud. They can flatten on hitting the ground or may roll on loose ash and grow like a snowball. -> See whole entry

andesite

Volcanology
Typical andesite from the Methana peninsula (Greece)
Typical andesite from the Methana peninsula (Greece)
Andesite is a gray to black volcanic rock with between about 52 and 63 weight percent silica (SiO2). Andesites are typical for lava domes and stratovolcanoes.
Andesite is an igneous, volcanic rock, of intermediate composition, containing between about 52 and 63 weight % silica (SiO2).

Andesites contain crystals composed primarily of plagioclase feldspar and one or more of the minerals pyroxene (clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene) and lesser amounts of hornblende. At the lower end of the silica range, andesite lava may also contain olivine. Andesite magma ... -> See whole entry

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basalt

ash

Volcanology: volcanic ash
Ash plume from an explosive eruption at Etna volcano (Italy)
Ash plume from an explosive eruption at Etna volcano (Italy)
Snow and ash from Hekla volcano's eruption in 2000
Snow and ash from Hekla volcano's eruption in 2000
Volcanic ash is the term for all fine-grained volcanic products (smaller than 2 mm), normally magma or older rock fragmented during explosive eruptions.
Volcanic ash has nothing to do with fire, but is a mere definition of grain-size. Ash can range in size from sandy to extremely fine; any fragment ejected by a volcano less than 2 mm in diameter is called ash. It may consists of freshly ejected lava (usually turned into a glass shard because of rapid cooling), older fragmented rock, or small crystals.

Ash is produced by explosive activity when ex... -> See whole entry

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ashfall - explosive - pyroclastic flow - VAAC

ashfall

Volcanology: volcanic ash fall
Ash plume and ash fall from Etna during the eruption in 2002
Ash plume and ash fall from Etna during the eruption in 2002
Effects of ash fall in a village during the 2002 eruption at Etna
Effects of ash fall in a village during the 2002 eruption at Etna
Volcanic ash fall is the deposition of ash from the air from eruption plumes emitted during explosive volcanic eruptions.

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ash

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