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Anyone good at determining what article names should be?[edit]

I recently created a stub on the Gedamsa Caldera, based on GVP and did a bit of searching without much success to expand the content - after a bit of poking around I spotted that it is also spelled Gadamsa or Gedemsa - it looks like most of the other sources use the "Gedemsa" name,very few sources with the "gadamsa" name, so I guess that needs moving from the GVP name, and leaving the gvp name as a redirect?

Expert attention[edit]

There is an ongoing debate about recent additions to Volcanology. I ask for comments there. Glückauf Serten II (talk) 19:24, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

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Harej (talk) 16:58, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Volcanology or Volcanism[edit]

I noticed that articles describing the distribution of volcanoes in a country are all now titled 'volcanology of', e.g. Volcanology of Italy, rather than 'volcanism of'. All of these articles basically describe volcanism rather than volcanology - there's very little in these articles about the study of volcanoes as such. The question is - why use the incorrect term volcanology? Mikenorton (talk) 21:43, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

They were renamed so they would be coeval with other scientific articles (e.g. Geology of the United States). I do not see how it is incorrect to title it Volcanology of XXXX. According to the dictionary, volcanism is the phenomena connected with volcanoes and volcanic activity whereas volcanology is the scientific study of volcanoes and volcanic phenomena. Obviously volcanism is a phenomenon of volcanology. Volcanoguy 06:10, 10 April 2015 (UTC)
Took me a while to get my head around the reasons I thought Mike's question seemed correct, I think you've hit the nail on the head there Volcanoguy when you say "volcanism is the phenomena connected with volcanoes and volcanic activity whereas volcanology is the scientific study of volcanoes and volcanic phenomena" if we break that up we get either
  • Volcanology of Italy - which is about the scientific study in italy of "volcanoes and volcanic phenomena"
or
  • Volcanism of Italy - which is about the phenomena in italy connected with volcanoes and volcanic activity
I think the latter is probably what we had in mind, though if there are distinctions between the various volcanic study methods in different countries, that may also be something of interest (not being facetious) but probably just an article's worth (I'd guess). It's pretty subtle and it might be that UK vs US english speakers use the words distinctly. EdwardLane (talk) 16:11, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
The point is that volcanism is a volcanic phenomenon and is therefore a topic of volcanology. I don't really see the point in having separate articles for both volcanology and volcanism. Volcanoguy 10:18, 10 May 2015 (UTC)


Hi Volcanoguy, I hear what you are saying, and I don't think it's a massive issue, just trying to see if my UK english is interpreting things differently. It seems to me that "volcanism of italy", and "volcanism of iceland" would tell me respectively about the volcanic phenomenon in italy and iceland. While I would expect articles titled "volcanology of italy", and "volcanology of iceland" would tell me about the scientists studying things and their methods in italy and iceland, but not tell me about the volcanic phenomenon (except where it was mentioned incidentally to illustrate some point or other) - but that's not what those articles are about (and I doubt there is enough desire/content to make such - though if there are big differences there might sensibly be a seperate article called "differences in volcanolgy internationally".) - so I'm inclinded to think that those articles probably ought to be renamed as "volcanism of ..." does that make sense ? EdwardLane (talk) 10:30, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
To tell you the truth I don't really care if the title is "Volcanology of" or "Volcanism of" I just see "Volcanology of" as a more appropriate title for Wikipedia's standards. You say articles titled "Volcanism of" would tell you about the volcanic phenomenon but expect articles titled "Volcanology of" to tell you about the scientists that have studied this science. If that is the case then why do other science articles such as Geography of Canada or Geology of Mars talk about features, history, structure, etc. instead of scientists? All of the ology articles I have seen on Wikipedia describe the features of that particular science. Volcanoguy 11:16, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
See Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Volcanoes/Archive_4#Article_titles where this was briefly discussed leading to the renaming of the articles. Vsmith (talk) 12:15, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
I agree with returning to volcanism of ... for the articles per the comments above and google searches of "volcanology of" and "volcanism of". Vsmith (talk) 12:42, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

Eruptions or Paroxysms[edit]

Hi Folks, Just been looking briefly at Calbuco (volcano) as the bbc is reporting a 3rd eruption, but (as I mention on the calbuco talk page) I think of fresh eruptions as being after a hiatus or period of dormancy - but I wonder how short a hiatus needs to be to make it a new eruption rather than a paroxysm of the same eruption. Is that determined by the lack of new magma arrival/forming in situ long enough for an eruption to stop (and stop for how long) ? Is there a technical line drawn in the sand anywhere ? EdwardLane (talk) 06:25, 2 May 2015 (UTC)