Magma versus Lava - The difference

14 Sep

Author: Etna Excursions
Posted on: 2016/09/14
Updated: 2017/03/15

Categories: Etna and the surrounding area, Sicily

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Did you know that .. Lava is not the same as magma. We often use the terms interchangeably. In fact, there is a differentiation.

The red-hot magma masses are located under the earth’s crust. Inside of Mount Etna there are 3 magma chambers. The largest of the three is 30 km in the deep, the middle about 10 km above the first and the smallest about 2 km below the highest point of the volcano. In this chamber, the magma accumulates in small holes in the rock.

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