Kōrero: Volcanoes

Volcanic ash (2 o 2)

Volcanic ash

These highly magnified photographs of volcanic ash, taken with a scanning electron microscope, reveal the ash as shattered fragments (shards) of natural glass. The holes in the shards record the presence of gas bubbles in the erupting magma. These shards, recovered from a peat bog near Hamilton, are about 0.15 to 0.25 millimetres across, and were erupted from Taupō caldera about 5,000 years ago.

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Photograph by Maria Gehrels

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Richard Smith, David J. Lowe and Ian Wright, 'Volcanoes - What is a volcano?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/8690/volcanic-ash (accessed 24 September 2023)

He kōrero nā Richard Smith, David J. Lowe and Ian Wright, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006