Science Questions

Why donít you stick a cork in a volcano?

Sun, 15th Jun 2008

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Question

Pooki Amsterdam asked:

Why donít you stick a cork in a volcano? Would that make it erupt elsewhere?

Answer

  Thatís a very nice idea but I think in practise that wouldnít work. Enormous pressures build up in conduits and magma chambers in volcanoes. I think youíd need a very large cork.

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