stratovolcano

noun
stra·​to·​vol·​ca·​no | \ˌstra-tō-väl-ˈkā-(ˌ)nō, ˌstrā-, -vȯl-\

Definition of stratovolcano 

: a volcano composed of explosively erupted cinders and ash with occasional lava flows — see volcano illustration

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Whereas Kilauea, a shield volcano, is characterized by large globs of slow-moving lava inching out of fissures, Fuego, a stratovolcano, is prone to spewing fast-moving flows of ash, lava, and mud. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Why Guatemala's Volcano Is Deadlier Than Hawaii's," 4 June 2018 The two volcanoes are also different shapes: Kilauea is a gently sloping shield volcano, unlike Mount St. Helens, which is a steep-sided stratovolcano, also known as a composite volcano. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Could Hawaii volcano explosion rival Mount St. Helens? Probably not.," 17 May 2018 The number of people climbing Mount Nyiragongo, an active stratovolcano at Virunga National Park in Congo, increased 92 percent between 2015 and 2017. Giannella M. Garrett, chicagotribune.com, "When planning a hike on an active volcano, safety before spectacle," 11 May 2018 At 13, Adam climbed Mount Adams, a 12,276-foot stratovolcano, with his father and brother. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "The Boy Who Lived on Edges," 22 Mar. 2018 Though dozens of small earthquakes shook the ground near Mount St. Helens early Wednesday morning, they were not caused by shifting magma within the active stratovolcano, according to experts. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Dozens of small earthquakes reported near Mount St. Helens are not related to magma, experts say," 3 Jan. 2018 Mount Agung, a giant stratovolcano that dominates northern Bali’s landscape, is likely to blow, according to Indonesia’s national volcano monitor. Jon Emont, WSJ, "Inflating With Magma: The Signs That Bali’s Volcano Is About to Blow," 29 Sep. 2017 Mount Curry, a stratovolcano located on Zavodovski Island—the northernmost island of the South Sandwich archipelago—has been spewing smoke and ash since March 2016, covering one-third to one-half of the island in ash. Aaron Sidder, National Geographic, "Erupting Volcano May Have Destroyed Huge Penguin Colony," 6 July 2016 Mount Curry, a stratovolcano located on Zavodovski Island—the northernmost island of the South Sandwich archipelago—has been spewing smoke and ash since March 2016, covering one-third to one-half of the island in ash. National Geographic, "Erupting Volcano May Have Destroyed Huge Penguin Colony," 6 July 2016

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First Known Use of stratovolcano

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stratovolcano

New Latin stratum + English -o- + volcano

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