Definition of stratovolcano
: a volcano composed of explosively erupted cinders and ash with occasional lava flows — see volcano illustration
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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.
When a stratovolcano explodes, toxic gases and hot volcanic fragments can race down the mountainside with hurricane force.
Gaua is a stratovolcano that produced numerous eruptions, most recently in 1982 (VEI 2), but there have been frequent VEI 2 eruptions over the last 50 years.
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Origin and Etymology of stratovolcano
New Latin stratum + English -o- + volcano
First Known Use: 1937See Words from the same year
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