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Date:2/6/2013

action along major strike-slip faults, and (ii) seismic hazard in the northern South Island in light of recent destructive earthquakes in the Canterbury region.


How volcanoes work: A 25 year perspective
Katharine V. Cashman and R. Stephen J. Sparks, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS81RJ, UK. Posted online 29 Jan. 2013; http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/B30720.1.

Over the past 25 years, our understanding of the physical processes that drive volcanic eruptions has increased enormously thanks to major advances in computational and analytical facilities, instrumentation, and collection of comprehensive observational, geophysical, geochemical, and petrological data sets associated with recent volcanic activity. Much of this work has been motivated by the recognition that human exposure to volcanic hazard is increasing with both expanding populations and increasing reliance on infrastructure (as illustrated by the disruption to air traffic caused by the 2010 volcanic eruption in Iceland). Reducing vulnerability to volcanic eruptions requires a thorough understanding of the processes that govern eruptive activity. Here, Katharine Cashman and R. Stephen J. Sparks provide an overview of the current understanding of how volcanoes work, focusing particularly on the physical processes that modulate magma accumulation in the upper crust, transport magma to the surface, and control eruptive activity.


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