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This article is ridiculous. I don't know if the creator actually believes this can enlighten somebody without a geology degree (and if they had one they wouldn't be looking it up on Wikipedia!), or the individual is just showing off.
Wikipedia science articles should be aimed the educated but non-specialist reader; instead they read like graduate school exams. I realize people like to show off, but any article that requires half a dozen other articles to be understandable is a complete waste of time. PainMan (talk) 07:36, 9 April 2012 (UTC)
I am doing a geography assignment at the moment and cam across the term in reading an article about Mount Erebus, so when I saw the link I felt that I may be about to be enlightened about the subject. HOWEVER,that was not the case and I was left more confused than I was when I came across the term the first time! Wikipedia is a place where knowledgeable people help not so knowledgeable people with there questions, NOT knowledgeable people show off their brains to the people requiring help! So how on earth I was supposed to understand this article without a geology degree I do not know! If someone does know what Phonolites are and think they can edit this to make it accessible, please do freely! I don't think my brain can cope with any more Uni grads showing off!
One last note : Ridiculous! Absolutely RIDICULOUS!
I AGREE I am a volcanologist with Bachelors Degree in Geology and a PhD in volcanology. I concur with the above writers. Whoever wrote this fulfils the dictum "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing!" If I have time I shall rewrite this article, as I believe (as a scientist), that I have duty to ensure that the non-academic person regardless of their level of education, is able to understand what I present whether written or spoken. To write in a manner that is unintelligent even to someone who is qualified in a subject, is the mark of the "I know better than you!" but is actually an indication of your own ignorance. You - whoever you are that wrote this article, should be ashamed and next time you visit the bathroom you need to take a long hard look in a mirror - for therein you shall see the most ignorant and most stupid person you are ever likely to see - yourself. No one is stupid there are only stupid people who try to show how clever they are at the expense of others. The Geologist, PhD, FGS. Mem. IAVCEI.The Geologist (talk) 12:29, 3 December 2013 (UTC)