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‘Dormant’ California Supervolcano Packed With 1000 Cubic Kilometres Of Magma

‘Dormant’ California Supervolcano Packed With 1000 Cubic Kilometres Of Magma

It’s been around 100,000 years since California’s Long Valley supervolcano experienced a major eruption, but this supposedly dormant caldera has been acting a bit strangely over the past four decades. New research suggests 1000km3 of magma still exists within this supervolcano, but thankfully, a major eruption remains unlikely.

Look What Happens When Magma Touches Water

Look What Happens When Magma Touches Water

Video: Fire bubbles! That’s what happens when burning hot liquid magma hits water. National Geographic writes that, “Scientists are trying to determine the potential dangerous effects of introducing water into a pressurised pocket of magma underground.”

Molten Magma Could Power Electric Plants Of The Future

Molten Magma Could Power Electric Plants Of The Future

Good old geothermal plants generate power using water heated by hot rocks deep underground. But what if we could get energy directly from the seething magma down below? In Iceland, an accidental discovery let scientists actually stick a pipe into magma to test this idea — and the results of…