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Yes. Rhyolitic lava is extremely viscous, thousands to hundreds of thousands times more viscous that basaltic lava.

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Q: Does rhyolite lava have high viscosity?
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What is lava with a high viscosity?

The highest viscosity lava is rhyolite. Rhyolitic lava tends to form dome-shaped volcanoes and tends to cause explosive eruptions.

How does the silica content of lava impact its viscosity?

Silica content is directly proportional to viscosity, so the higher the silica content of a lava, the higher its viscosity. high viscosity means a lava will be thick and slow moving, hence probably meaning an explosive eruption. lava's with a high viscosity include rhyolite and andesite whereas lava's with a low viscosity (runny ones) include basalt.

Does a cinder cone volcano have a lava dome?

No. A cinder cone is formed from lower viscosity basaltic lava fountaining into the air. A lava dome is formed from high viscosity lava, usually rhyolite or dacite, erupting slowly.

What type of lava has the highest viscosity?


What is lava called with high viscosity?

Lava with high viscosity is called slica-rich lava

How would you describe lava with a high viscosity?

yes. lava can have high viscosity and also low viscosity. most of the time the viscosity level is high

Does a lava dome have high or low viscosity?

A lava dome indicates lava with a very high viscosity. A low viscosity lava would flows away rather than build into a dome.

Which type of lava-basaltic lava or rhyolitic lava-flows faster?

Basaltic flows much faster than rhyolite. Rhyolite is higher viscosity. Find a video of a basaltic lava flow like Hawaii, it flows like water when it's hot. Rhyolite eruptions usually act more like toothpaste if they're slow, or an explosion if fast.

Is pyroclastic material likely to form from low viscosity lava or high viscosity lava?

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Is pyroclastic material likely to form from low-viscosity lava or high-viscosity lava?

low viscosity lava due to the violent eruption of the volcano

How does rhyolite form?

Rhyolite forms when a volcano erupts lava or ash with a very high silica content.

Does lava that has low viscosity moves slower than lava with high viscosity?

no, it moves faster.

What is the difference between lava and andesitic lava?

Andesitic lava is a kind of lava, referring to lava that forms andesite when it cools. It rated as intermediate on a scale of igneous compositions At one end are mafic lavas, which are poor in silica (giving them low viscosity) and contain significant amounts of iron, magnesium, and calcium to felsic and cool to form basalt. At the other end are felsic lavas, which are rich in silica (giving them very high viscosity) and contain significant amounts of sodium, potassium, and aluminum and cool to form rhyolite. Andesitic lava, due to its high viscosity does not look like the traditional concept of lava, which is based on the appearance of mafic lava.

Does High viscosity lava flows faster than low viscosity lava?

No. Viscosity is a liquid's resistance to flow. So higher viscosity means a slower flow.

What kind of viscosity lava does Mount Tambora have?

High viscosity.

What is the lava viscosity of a complex volcano?

A complex volcano is likely to have a highly variable viscosity in its lava, ranging from low viscosity mafic material to high viscosity felsic material.

What is an example of a liquid with high viscosity?

Lava has a rather high viscosity compared to most liquids.

Does Krakatoa make pillow lava?

No. Pillow lava is basaltic, low-viscosity lava. Krakatoa is a stratovolcano with a style of ereuption more characteristic of high-viscosity andesitic lava.

Low or high viscosity in mount saint Helen's?

The lava in Mt. St Helen has high viscosity.

What affects the viscosity of lava?

Viscosity effects lava by how high it is or how low it is. The high viscosity Thick sticky high silica magma don't erupt. Internal pressure rises. Violent eruptions occurs. Abundant pyroclasts. Low viscosity. Runny low silica high temperature. Basaltic lava, erupts easily produces quiet eruptions of free flowing lava. Differernt. Viscosity's of lava results in different kinds of volcanoes. Sorry about some of the words my computer doesn't spell correctly.

How Does the Viscosity of Lava Affect Its Flow Rate?

Viscosity means how runny it is. Thus a lava with low viscosity will erupt fast and form long, wide spreading lava flows (eg Hawaii) and lavas of high viscosity will erupt slowly and form lava domes (eg Mt. St. Helens).

Is pyroclastic materials likely to form from low viscosity or high viscosity lava?

you eat my butt

Does rhyolite cool quickly or slowly from lava?

Rhyolite is an igneous rock that has formed from rapidly cooling lava or ash.

What is the viscosity of lava flow from a cinder cone volcano?

The viscosity of a cinder cone volcano is high i think.

What is a Rhyolite volcano?

A rhyolite volcano is a volcano that erupts rhyolitic lava or pyroclasitc material. Rhyolite is an igneous rock formed from the eruption of extremely viscous silica rich material. Eruptions involving rhyolite can be extremely large and violent. In some cases, however, rhyolite can build into lava domes or form thick, extremely slow lava flows.