Sunday, September 19, 2010

Stratovolcano: Arenal Volcano Costa Rica

Cutaway diagram of subduction zone and an asso...Image via WikipediaArenal Volcano is the youngest volcano in all of Costa Rica. It also happens to be one of the top 10 most active volcanos on the planet. This is also a place of extreme natural beauties that tourist from all over the world come and want to see and do some of the adventures in the area. For those of them who decide not to get a guide and if they get the chance to read this tweet from their Spa while looking at the volcano then I hope you find it useful and if not I hope there are some Science classes out there that will:


  • Stratovolcanos are common in subduction zones - a subduction zone is part of plate tectonics where oceanic crust is drawn under continental crust
  • Arenal is considered an Andesitic Stratovolcano which is given the name after the Ande mountains and describes the composition of minerals that are released from the Arenal Volcano
  • The tourist come to see the Pyroclastic flows which is solid to semi-solid fragments and hot, expanding gases that flows down the flank of the volcano make for a spectacular show. 
  • Arenal is a result of the Subduction of the Coco & Carib Tectonic plates.
  • The Pacific Ring of Fire is the most common place for Stratovolcano.
  • Stratovolcano make for some of the best booms on the planet and not just tourist booms...

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