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Strato Vulcanoes on Iceland

 
 
Menting
 
Reply Thu 14 Mar, 2013 04:00 pm
I was wondering how it is possible for Iceland to have strato vulcanoes even though it is not located near a subduction zone?
 
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 14 Mar, 2013 04:52 pm
@Menting,
Strato is a class of volcanoes based upon their shape rather that their genesis. Many stratos give off acidic rocks and, like Iceland, others shoot off andesites.
Heres a map of Iceland and its tectonic "neighborhood". Many of the 50 or so volcanoes in Iceland are located along flanks of transcurrent faults off the main seafloor spreading center (Mid-Atlantic Ridge)

    http://images.volcanodiscovery.com/uploads/pics/n-atlantik_iceland.jpg
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