vol·​ca·​nol·​o·​gy ˌväl-kə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce volcanology (audio)
: a branch of science that deals with volcanic phenomena
volcanologist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Katia, a geochemist, and Maurice, a geologist, were at the vanguard of volcanology, which was then in its infancy. Katherine Cusumano, Outside Online, 15 July 2022 The first couple of volcanology, however, simply recognized each other as soulmates. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 7 July 2022 The volcano sat at a depth of just 650 feet, optimal for creating a large explosion, Shane Cronin, a volcanology professor at the University of Auckland, told The Associated Press. oregonlive, 19 Jan. 2022 The pressure waves might have exceeded the speed of sound, in which case they would be called shock waves, said Fukashi Maeno, an associate professor of volcanology at the University of Tokyo’s Earthquake Research Institute. Chieko Tsuneoka, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2022 Starting with the 2018 eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii, Andrews jumps back and forth from the past to the present to reveal the history of modern volcanology. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2021 Andrews provides illuminating analogies that capture the uncertainty and unknowns of volcanology. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2021 Much of that is due to new technologies in volcanology: everything from drones that allow scientists to peek into a volcanic cauldron to supercomputers that run prediction algorithms. The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Dec. 2021 Hot volcanic material, including fine cement-like matter and large rocks, moved through gorges on the sides of the mountain, emitting hot gases and carrying tree trunks torn up by the flow, the volcanology institute warned. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, 8 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of volcanology was in 1800

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“Volcanology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volcanology. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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