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July 8, 2011

Geology Word of the Week: F is for Fumarole

Fumarole 1. Yellowstone, Western USA, Fall 2005. def. Fumarole:A crustal opening, usually in the vicinity of a volcano, through which steam and other hot gases– such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide– are emitted. Fumarole comes from the Latin word “fumus,” which means smoke. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word was incorporated into English through the French word “fumarolle” [1].When I’m pondering my geology word of …


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