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Despite the risk, why do people continue to live near volcanoes

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Despite the risk, why do people continue to live near volcanoes? Living by a volcano could become a serious risk, pyroclastic flows, mud flows, lava and fire. Not an Ideal domestic location. Yet even with these high risks, people continue to live by volcanoes. People always think, "The volcano's not going to erupt here; it's not going to happen to me, I'm not going to die, it's going to happen to other people." But it sadly does happen to them sometimes. In some cases, poverty is the reason why people continue to live near volcanoes; they have always lived there and do not have enough money to move. Once already living near a volcano, you would have a career, therefore it would not be easy to give up, once earning for your family. ...read more.


For example, volcanic ash blown over thousands of square kilometers of land increases soil fertility for forests and agriculture by adding nutrients and acting as a mulch. Groundwater heated by large, still-hot magma bodies can be tapped for geothermal energy. Rising magma does not always reach the surface to erupt; instead it may slowly cool and harden beneath the volcano to form a wide variety of crystalline rocks some of these are copper, tin, gold, and silver, then getting mined into deposits throughout the world. As a result to volcanoes the produced minerals have helped to build airports, buildings, pathways and roads. In some volcanic areas, for example, Iceland, water is pumped down onto hot volcanic rocks and the super heated steam that is produced can then be used to heat homes or drive turbines this will then create electricity. ...read more.


Heat and pressure at depth transform the decomposed organic material into tiny pockets of gas and liquid petroleum, which then migrate through the pore spaces and larger openings in the surrounding rocks and collect in reservoirs. All the oil could then be exported to a bigger country for money, the money could then help improve the safety of the volcanic location Luckily for the worlds great technology the scientific techniques can improve, now people believe scientists will be able to give them warnings to evacuate their homes. These techniques include monitoring gases and using satellites to monitor heat. Therefore the people living near volcanoes can know in advance before the volcano erupts, then able to move away from the volcano, hopefully far enough not to affect them. ...read more.

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