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

Examples of volcanology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Earth Sciences – volcanology included – is amidst a crisis of identity. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 29 Mar. 2023 As individuals, these women bring an impressive range of experiences to the table — everything from volcanology to offshore sailing to traveling in the circus. Michael Charboneau, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 In Mountains of Fire, Clive Oppenheimer, a professor of volcanology at the University of Cambridge, recounts a life spent studying volcanoes up close. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, 15 Feb. 2024 Josh Méndez Harper, then a postdoctoral researcher in a volcanology lab, started attending as a casual coffee drinker — the kind of person who would gulp down whatever he was handed without a second thought. Carolyn Y. Johnson, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2023 Arianna Soldati, PhD, an assistant professor of volcanology in the department of marine, Earth and atmospheric sciences at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, told Fox News Digital that volcanic eruptions are almost always preceded by earthquakes. Erica Lamberg, Fox News, 18 Nov. 2023 Has research into that event pushed the science of volcanology forward in any way? Robin George Andrews, Quanta Magazine, 8 Nov. 2023 Christopher Kilburn, a professor of volcanology and geophysical hazards at University College London, said the last period of seismic unrest at Campi Flegrei was in the 1980s. Denise Chow, NBC News, 1 Nov. 2023 The author, a professor of volcanology at Cambridge, certainly would know. Howard Schneider, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2023

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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 22 Apr. 2024.

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