• Volcano
  • A cone shaped mountain formed out of rock or ash thrown up from inside the earth, frequently with an opening or depression at the top.
Abstract from DBPedia
    (For a broader coverage related to this topic, see Volcanism.) A volcano is a rupture in the crust of a planetary-mass object, such as Earth, that allows hot lava, volcanic ash, and gases to escape from a magma chamber below the surface. Earth's volcanoes occur because its crust is broken into 17 major, rigid tectonic plates that float on a hotter, softer layer in its mantle. Therefore, on Earth, volcanoes are generally found where tectonic plates are diverging or converging. For example, a mid-oceanic ridge, such as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, has volcanoes caused by divergent tectonic plates pulling apart; the Pacific Ring of Fire has volcanoes caused by convergent tectonic plates coming together. Volcanoes can also form where there is stretching and thinning of the crust's interior plates, e.g., in the East African Rift and the Wells Gray-Clearwater volcanic field and Rio Grande Rift in North America. This type of volcanism falls under the umbrella of "plate hypothesis" volcanism. Volcanism away from plate boundaries has also been explained as mantle plumes. These so-called "hotspots", for example Hawaii, are postulated to arise from upwelling diapirs with magma from the core–mantle boundary, 3,000 km deep in the Earth. Volcanoes are usually not created where two tectonic plates slide past one another. Erupting volcanoes can pose many hazards, not only in the immediate vicinity of the eruption. One such hazard is that volcanic ash can be a threat to aircraft, in particular those with jet engines where ash particles can be melted by the high operating temperature; the melted particles then adhere to the turbine blades and alter their shape, disrupting the operation of the turbine. Large eruptions can affect temperature as ash and droplets of sulfuric acid obscure the sun and cool the Earth's lower atmosphere (or troposphere); however, they also absorb heat radiated up from the Earth, thereby warming the upper atmosphere (or stratosphere). Historically, so-called volcanic winters have caused catastrophic famines.

    火山(かざん、英語: volcano)は、地殻の深部にあったマグマが地表または水中に噴出することによってできる、特徴的な地形をいう。文字通りの山だけでなく、カルデラのような凹地形も火山と呼ぶ。火山の地下にはマグマがあり、そこからマグマが上昇して地表に出る現象が噴火である。噴火には、様々な様式(タイプ)があり、火山噴出物の成分や火山噴出物の量によってもその様式は異なっている。 火山の噴火はしばしば人間社会に壊滅的な打撃を与えてきたため、記録や伝承に残されることが多い。 Volcano は、ローマ神話で火と冶金と鍛治の神ウルカヌス(ギリシア神話ではヘーパイストス)に由来し、16世紀のイタリア語で volcano または vulcano と使われていたものが、ヨーロッパ諸国語に入った。このウルカヌス(英語読みではヴァルカン)は、イタリアのエトナ火山の下に冶金場をもつと信じられていた。シチリア島近くのヴルカーノ島の名も、これに由来する。日本で volcano の訳として「火山」の語が広く用いられるようになったのは、明治以降である。

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