Ready, Set, Erupt!

November 24, 2017
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There are many volcanoes around the world. They can be dangerous. Researchers study volcanoes.

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A volcano is a mountain. There is magma underneath it. Magma is hot liquid rock. It bursts out of the mountain as lava.

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Volcanoes can erupt. Boom! Lava shoots into the sky. So do bits of rock. The lava flows down the side of the volcano. It is very hot.

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Volcanoes can be quiet. Not all volcanoes are active. A dormant volcano is one that has not erupted for a long time. An extinct volcano will never erupt again. Now it is just a mountain.

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People study volcanoes. Volcanologists are scientists. They watch volcanoes to see if they will erupt soon. They warn people nearby when an eruption might happen. This can save lives.

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Volcanoes can make new land. When lava cools, it forms rocks. Hawaii is a group of islands. The islands were formed by volcanoes.