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Why do volcanic eruptions start?
To answer such an important question, we need to understand how volcanic systems work...
We cannot travel inside active volcanoes as Jules Verne envisioned (yet!), but we can investigate the products of volcanic eruptions: volcanic rocks and the crystals they contain.
Crystals formed at depth hold the keys to deep volcanic histories... During crystal growth, the chemical composition of the crystals changes in response to changing magma conditions. So it is now up to us to collect volcanic crystals and analyse them using the latest analytical advances!
Unravelling the secrets that volcanic crystals hold we aim at better understanding how volcanoes work :)
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