The Power and Impact of Volcanoes on Earth

TLDR Volcanoes are openings in the Earth's crust that shape the Earth's climate and have the potential to cause mass extinctions. They are formed at tectonic plate boundaries and can be classified into different types. Witnessing an erupting volcano is a truly awe-inspiring sight.

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00:00 Volcanoes are openings in the Earth's crust that allow magma to come to the surface, and they are responsible for shaping the Earth's climate and may have caused mass extinctions.
02:12 Most volcanoes on Earth are located at the boundary of tectonic plates, specifically at subduction zones where one plate is pulled down under another, allowing for the formation of liquid magma and resulting in the creation of volcanoes.
04:14 Divergent plate boundaries, such as the mid-Atlantic ridge, result in the creation of new oceanic crust through the process of magma coming up to the surface and cooling, while geologic hotspots, like Hawaii and Yellowstone, are formed by plumes from the Earth's mantle coming up through the crust.
06:22 The Big Island of Hawaii is the most volcanically active and youngest of the Hawaiian islands, while Iceland is unique because it is both a hotspot and located on the mid-Atlantic Rift, resulting in an island that keeps growing ever larger. Additionally, volcanoes can be classified into three types: cinder cones, stratovolcanoes, and shield volcanoes.
08:24 Shield volcanoes are the largest type of volcanoes and tend to eject only liquid lava, with the world's largest shield volcano being Manaloa on the island of Hawaii, while Olympus Mons on Mars is the largest shield volcano known.
10:32 Dormant volcanoes can become active again, and supposedly extinct volcanoes can erupt, as seen with the Soufere Hills volcano in Montserrat and Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines.
12:34 Volcanoes have a unique history and can shape and destroy the Earth, and witnessing an erupting volcano in person is an awe-inspiring sight.
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