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Arenal Volcano

The Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, which erupted in 2006. Credit: easyscienceforkids.com

Have you ever wondered about volcanoes? Like how they form, what causes an eruption, which one is the largest in the world? Well, we have and we have written articles that contain all of that information and more. As a matter of fact, we have written dozens of them and we have compiled links to all of those articles her eon this page just to make it easier for you do to your research. Before you jump into all of those links, here are a few interesting facts just to tease your intellect.

Studying lava flows and lava itself are the only way that we know anything about the composition of the core of our planet. When you think of a volcano, you think of an ancient mountain that could blow at any minute, but did you know that some volcanoes appear suddenly and can grow to hundreds of meters in just a year?

There are probably 20 volcanoes erupting as you read this. Most are under the ocean and do not directly affect us. The tallest known volcano is not on Earth. It is Olympus Mons on Mars. It is 27 km tall and 550 km in diameter.

You might think that Mount Everest is the most distant point from the center of the Earth but, it is a volcano. Chimborazo, in Ecuador, is the true answer. Because the Earth is an oblate spheroid points at the equator are further from the center of the Earth than the poles and Chimborazo is an equatorial volcano.

These are just a few of the interesting facts that you may find amongst the links below. Each article has something new and interesting for all levels of knowledge and training.

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