Volcanic Dome
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Volcanic dome atop Novarupta vent, Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. The dome was erupted from the same vent that expelled about 15 km 3 of magma in an enormous explosive eruption in 1912.
Volcanic Dome

Volcanic domes are rounded, steep-sided mounds built by very viscous magma, usually either dacite or rhyolite. Such magmas are typically too viscous (resistant to flow) to move far from the vent before cooling and crystallizing. Domes may consist of one or more individual lava flows. Volcanic domes are also referred to as lava domes.

Unzen Volcano, Japan

Unzen lava dome and Mizunashi River Valley
Gray pathways spreading from the lava dome atop Unzen Volcano are the deposits of many small pyroclastic flows that originated from dome collapses. A few pyroclastic flows swept as far as 5 km down this populated river valley, destroying several hundred homes and precious farmland. Lahars destroyed even more property downstream of the loose pyroclastic-flow deposits. The lava dome was active between 1991 and 1995.

Lava Dome Grows Above Steep Slope
Viscous lava began erupting in May 1991 at the summit of Unzen and quickly built a mound-shaped dome atop an older lava dome. The new dome spread over volcano's steep east flank (right profile). As lava moved over the edge of this steep slope, hot lava blocks unpredictably broke away or "collapse" downslope to form pyroclastic flows many times a day. Each collapse event added new fragmented material to the dome's east side and the upper Mizunashi River valley.

Sequence of a Lava Dome Collapse
During collapse events of the Unzen dome, an avalanche of hot lava blocks crashed downslope. The avalanche quickly became a fast-moving pyroclastic flow of shattered lava fragments, volcanic gas, and air. Within seconds, a faster moving "cloud" of smaller ash-sized fragments, called an ash-cloud surge, formed above and in front of the pyroclastic flow. Finally, as the flow spread away from the volcano, ash and hot gas rose to build an eruption column; when detached from the volcano, the volcanic ash and gas became an eruption cloud.

Pyroclastic Flows Rush Down New River Valley
Nakao River Valley

Two years after the lava dome began erupting atop Unzen, pyrocalstic flows cascaded down the northeast side of the volcano into the populated Nakao River valley. In anticipation of these new flows, Japanese officials had already ordered several thousand residents to evacuate the valley. The pyroclastic flows and associated ash-cloud surges spread across the entire valley as far as 4.5 km from the volcano, and built a thick apron of debris at the mouth of the river canyon (note large blocks of lava on apron). Lava dome is in upper right
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