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Structure Beneath Sierra Negra Volcano in the Galapagos

The Galápagos Islands are home to some of the most active volcanoes in the world, with more than 50 eruptions in the last 200 years. Yet until recently, scientists knew far more about the history of finches, tortoises, and iguanas than of the volcanoes on which these unusual fauna had evolved.
Now research out of the University of Rochester is providing a better picture of the subterranean plumbing system that feeds the Galápagos volcanoes, as well as a major difference with another Pacific Island chain - the Hawaiian Islands.

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Dario explains the formation of sierra negra crater in galapagos

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Scientists Launch NSF Study of Sierra Negra

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Miami (UM), University of Rochester, University of Idaho-Moscow and the Instituto Geofísico, Escuela Politécnica Nacional (Quito, Ecuador) have joined forces to study one the world's most active volcanoes, Sierra Negra in the Galápagos. The volcano's last eruption occurred in 2005, deepening its 8 km wide caldera by 4 - 5 metres. The previous eruption in 1979 produced more than 1 km³ of lava and was one of the largest eruptions of the 20th century.
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