Volcanology

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The volcano Vesuvius erupting in 1872.

In geology, volcanology (also spelled vulcanology) is the study of volcanoes, lava, magma, and other related geology. The term volcanology comes from the Latin word vulcan, the Roman god of fire. Volcanology is a sub-field of geology.

A volcanologist is a person who studies volcanoes and their eruptions. Volcanologists visit volcanoes often, especially active volcanos.

Volcanologists look at volcanic eruptions, collect material from the eruptions, such as ash or pumice, rock and lava samples.

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