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Volcano Erupts in WebAR

By Scott A Lister


In a volcanic eruption, lava, volcanic bombs and ash, and various gases are expelled from a volcanic vent and fissure. While many eruptions only pose dangers to the immediately surrounding area, Earth’s largest eruptions can have a major regional or even global impact, with some affecting the climate and contributing to mass extinctions. Volcanic eruptions can generally be characterized as either explosive eruptions, sudden ejections of rock and ash, or effusive eruptions, relatively gentle outpourings of lava. Explosive eruptions usually involve thick, highly viscous, silicic or felsic magma, high in volatiles like water vapor and carbon dioxide. Pyroclastic materials are the primary product, typically in the form of tuff.

These volcanic materials spew from the volcano in the form of a pyroclastic flow. According to Wikipedia, a pyroclastic flow (also known as a pyroclastic density current or a pyroclastic cloud) is a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter (collectively known as tephra) that moves away from a volcano at speeds reaching up to 700 km/h (430 mph).

The most notorious pyroclastic flow known to geological history belongs to O’Shea Jackson, known professionally by his stage name Ice Cube. After decades honing his lyrical skills on the mic, Ice Cube defined the gangsta rap genre by pushing hip-hop culture into the mainstream through both N.W.A and various solo projects. According to Jackson, a pyroclastic flow “[is] what happens when a volcano blow, [it is] what happens when Ice Cube starts to flow. Red hot lava mixed with saliva, pulverising everything in its wake. Nothing can survive a pyroclastic flow, and no one will survive this one”.

This proclamation was made on his eighth studio album, “Raw Footage”, debuting at number 5 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales reaching 70,000 copies in the United States in 2008. In its second week of release the Album ranked on #8 on the Billboard 200 with 63,000 copies more sold. As of 2016 the album sold 713,500 copies in the United States and 925,000 copies Worldwide.