Future of the Environment

How volcanoes can teach us a thing or two about renewable energy

Lava flows from the Stromboli volcano a day after an eruption unleashed a plume of smoke on the Italian island of Stromboli, Italy, August 30, 2019. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC16FE6A5D20

When a volcano erupts, it brings with it rare metals from deep inside the Earth's mantle. Image: REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

William Hutchison
Research Fellow, , University of St Andrews
Anouk Borst
Research Fellow Geology, , University of St Andrews
Adrian Finch
Professor of Geology, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences,, University of St Andrews
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Fentale volcano in the Ethiopian rift has erupted large volumes of chemically evolved magma similar to Greenland
Fentale volcano in the Ethiopian rift has erupted large volumes of chemically evolved magma similar to Greenland Image: Author provided
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