Mining Volcanoes: Diamonds, Copper and Hot Water

Published on May 10, 2021
Volcanoes provide many natural resources, such as diamonds and copper, from which society can benefit. Volcanoes can be a major energy and resource.

A lecture by Richard Herrington, Head of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum 17 April 2019

Volcanoes provide many natural resources from which society can benefit. Diamonds and most of the world’s copper are mined from eroded extinct volcanoes while many active volcanoes offer the possibility of extracting huge amounts of geothermal energy. The volcanic processes that transport diamonds to the Earth’s surface and enrich copper beneath volcanoes, show how volcanoes can be a major energy and resource.


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