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Several factors trigger volcanic eruptions, including the buoyancy of magma, a build-up of pressure from the gases in the magma and an injection of new magma into a full magma chamber.
When a part of the earth's upper mantle or lower crust melts, magma forms. A volcano is essentially an opening or a vent through which this magma and the dissolved gases it contains are discharged.

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Volcanoes erupt because of density and pressure. The lower density of the magma relative to the surrounding rocks causes it to rise (like air bubbles in syrup).

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A volcano begins as melted rock (magma) which rises from deep inside the earth toward the surface. As the gas-filled magma rises ...

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When a part of the earth's upper mantle or lower crust melts, magma forms. A volcano is essentially an opening or a vent through which this magma and the ...

www.telegraph.co.uk/science/0/what-causes-a-volcanic-eruption

Nov 17, 2016 ... In a volcanic eruption, super-heated magma from within the earth's upper ... while last week's episode focused on what causes a wildfire.

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Find out what the earth make-up is, and how extreme pressure build up inside the ... molten matter to be expelled out to the surface, causing a volcanic eruption.

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Jan 6, 2016 ... A team of volcanologists led by the University of Liverpool have released a perhaps controversial Nature study on the causes of volcanic ...

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Jan 5, 2015 ... The eruption of a volcano can be one of the planet's most destructive events — spewing huge amounts of rock, gas and ash that can kill people.

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A secondary school revision resource for GCSE Geography covering key facts about volcanoes and volcanic eruptions.

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Feb 22, 2017 ... They make headlines when they rumble, and when spew their fire and ash; they make an amazing sight, a phenomenon that piques the ...