University of Almeria(UAL) Science Fridays highlight the valuable information provided by the La Palma volcano
March 7, 2022

Interesting lecture by Jesús M. Ibáñez, Professor of Earth Physics at the University of Granada and member of the Andalusian Institute of Geophysics, detailing “The path followed by magma from the mantle to the surface”.

The recent eruption of La Palma volcano has been the protagonist of a new edition of Science Friday organised by the School of Experimental Sciences of the University of Almeria. During the time it has been active, it has generated interest throughout society, becoming the centre of media attention worldwide and providing scientists with valuable information for research.

Both of these factors fit the parameters that gave rise to this activity, and both were described in detail by Jesús M. Ibáñez, Professor of Geophysics at the University of Granada and member of the Andalusian Institute of Geophysics. His talk was entitled “The eruption of La Palma, the path of magma from the mantle to the surface”.

In his speech, he recalled that “this is a volcano that has had a considerable economic and social impact on La Palma and has attracted the attention of the social and scientific community, and we are learning a great deal from this volcano”. In this sense, he added, “although the eruption is over, from now on we will be able to draw more conclusions”, stating in his talk precisely “about the results of how this eruption occurred”.

In short, “we have models that can explain the beginning and end of the eruption process, which is quite complicated in other volcanoes, whereas here, thanks to the high level of earthquakes, we are able to do this ‘illumination’ of the Earth’s interior,” he concluded. Admittedly, from a social point of view, because of its consequences, “it took longer than one would have hoped”.

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