Who was responsible for the origin of the prehistoric volcano called Krakatoa? More importantly, how did it erupt? Let’s take a look at the details of the early eruption of this prehistoric volcano.
The volcano known as Krakatoa is thought to have been formed over two thousand years ago. Two big eruptions took place, and they left distinctive craters in the region. This is the only volcano on earth to erupt and leave evidence of its presence. You can learn about the early history of volcanoes by reading through the volcano history books, but you’ll learn more from actually exploring the ancient volcanoes.
Before we take a look at the crater of Krakatoa, we need to understand how an eruption occurs. A volcano is an ever-changing thing, just like living things are. When it begins to erupt, the area beneath the volcano will begin to heat up, and this will drive magma up the volcano’s slopes.
At this point, the volcanic ash will begin to form, and this is what we refer to as the hot water. Then, there is a build up of pressure, which causes the magma to burst through the surface of the earth. When this happens, there will be an explosion of extreme heat, this is also referred to as a volcanic blast.
The high temperatures from the eruption, along with the energy released from the eruption will push and force the rocks into the air. The surrounding atmosphere will be enriched with hydrogen and oxygen, and this is where the atmosphere of earth can be formed. After this, the rocks that have risen above the earth will fall to the earth’s surface and erupt once again.
It is believed that Krakatoa started out as a small, hidden volcano. However, due to increased pressure, the magma began to break free, and when it did, the area beneath the volcano began to heat up. This, in turn, caused the air to become enriched with hydrogen and oxygen, which also helped to enhance the eruption of the volcanic rocks.
It is thought that the surface of the earth was more than 1000 meters below the surface of the Krakatoa at the time of the eruption. The volcano continues to this day, it even erupted within a decade in 1963. It has been speculated that the eruption of Krakatoa was caused by molten lava from the base of the volcano having a chance to get out into the earth’s atmosphere. This is thought to have created an explosive eruption, which resulted in much of the earth’s surface melting away.
It is important to note that any volcano in the world, not just Krakatoa, can erupt in a major area. The fact that this volcanic volcano is relatively small, only being about twice the size of the Grand Canyon, it is still a relatively serious event that could lead to some devastation. There is no doubt that volcanoes are quite dynamic and do not seem to go away as easily as we may think.