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Which volcanoes are located at hot spots?

Major hot spots include the Iceland hot spot, under the island of Iceland in the North Atlantic; the Réunion hot spot, under the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean; and the Afar hot spot, located under northeastern Ethiopia. Volcanic activity at hot spots can create submarine mountains known as seamounts.

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Similarly, it is asked, what volcanoes are on hot spots?

In geology, the places known as hotspots or hot spots are volcanic regions thought to be fed by underlying mantle that is anomalously hot compared with the surrounding mantle. Examples include the Hawaii, Iceland and Yellowstone hotspots.

how do volcanoes form at hot spots? A volcanic "hotspot" is an area in the mantle from which heat rises as a thermal plume from deep in the Earth. High heat and lower pressure at the base of the lithosphere (tectonic plate) facilitates melting of the rock. This melt, called magma, rises through cracks and erupts to form volcanoes.

Keeping this in consideration, where are volcanic hotspots found?

Hot spots are found in the ocean, and on continents. Often the hot spot creates a chain of volcanoes, as a plate moves across a relatively stationary mantle plume. The best example of a hot spot volcanic chain is the Hawaiian Islands.

What is an example of a hot spot volcano that supports your answer?

Scientists can use the tracks of hotspot volcanoes to study how tectonic plates have moved through Earth's history compared to mantle sources. Hawaii is perhaps the most well-known example of a hotspot track. Here, volcanic activity on the Island of Hawaii is slowly being replaced by activity on nearby Loihi Seamount.

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