How to Build a Supervolcano in Just 4 Million Years

Using argon-argon analysis on tiny crystals, researchers have created a timeline for the build up and eruption of a series of four supervolcanoes.

IMAGE: Parinacota is not a supervolcano, but it sits close to the quartet of volcanoes in the Oxaya Formation of northern Chile. CREDIT: Dan Lundberg/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 2.0

If you’re a regular member of our community, you know that Pamela and I stan volcanoes — from the liquid flow of Hawai’i and Iceland…



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