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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: April 2020

1 - Introduction

Summary

Volcanoes are of many types and behave in different ways. Different behaviour is partly because volcanoes are located in different tectonic environments. Many are associated with divergent plate boundaries, others with convergent plate boundaries, and some with transform-fault plate boundaries. In addition, there are volcanoes located within plate interiors, far from plate boundaries. To understand volcano behaviour with a view to being able to forecast volcanic eruptions we must use a variety of scientific techniques and approaches, primarily those of volcanotectonics. The main techniques and approaches for data collection, analysis, and interpretation are discussed in detail in later chapters, but they are briefly summarised here.

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