vol·​ca·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌväl-kə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce volcanology (audio) , ˌvȯl- \

Definition of volcanology

: a branch of science that deals with volcanic phenomena

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volcanologist \ ˌväl-​kə-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce volcanologist (audio) , ˌvȯl-​ \ noun

Examples of volcanology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Accompanied by a magnitude 5+ earthquake and a debris avalanche, the eruption changed the future of volcanology. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "40 years ago today, Mount St. Helens erupted," 18 May 2020 The volcanology agency has placed Taal and outlying cities and towns at alert level 4, the second-highest warning, indicating a more dangerous explosive eruption is possible within hours or days. Aaron Favila And Jim Gomez, SFChronicle.com, "Philippine government bars residents from returning to volcano island," 19 Jan. 2020 Anak Krakatau first rose above sea level in 1929, according to Indonesia's volcanology agency. Fox News, "Huge blocks from Anak Krakatau volcano discovered on ocean floor," 17 Dec. 2019 Renato Solidum, the head of the volcanology institute, told The Associated Press. Washington Post, "Philippines looks for safer homes for volcano residents," 19 Jan. 2020 The country's volcanology agency has warned locals and tourists to stay 2 kilometers (1.3 miles) from the volcano's crater following an eruption Tuesday that blasted ash and debris up to 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) into the air. Arkansas Online, "Cheers, tears, prayers for 2020: A new decade is ushered in," 1 Jan. 2020 The country's volcanology agency warned locals and tourists to stay 1.3 miles from the volcano's crater following an eruption Tuesday that blasted ash and debris up to 6,560 feet into the air. CBS News, "New Year's celebrations around the world," 1 Jan. 2020 Fellowship of the rings As a doctoral student of volcanology at the University of Auckland, Benjamin Simons has seen smoke rings at several persistently active volcanoes, including Mount Yasur in Vanuatu. Ben Simons, National Geographic, "Volcanoes blow smoke rings. Now we know how they do it.," 7 Aug. 2019 An adventurous traveler to the Americas at the beginning of the 19th century, Humboldt was obsessively interested in many of the earth sciences, including volcanology. John Wilmerding, WSJ, "Nature’s Explosive Power," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of volcanology

1800, in the meaning defined above

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“Volcanology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volcanology. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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