Classic image of volcanoes in fiction which does not resemble any real volcanoes.
Volcanoes are some of the most impressive and dramatic setting devices in fiction. You've got the constant threat of eruption and the brilliant and deadly rivers of molten rock, a perfect place to set a climactic encounter. In fact, the journey up a towering mountain, which may be bursting with blasts of steam and explosive rock, to reach the top, where the ground is stripped away to reveal the glowing blood of the earth is practically an entire dramatic structure unto itself. Except... we don't have any places like that on earth. The sorts of volcanoes which continually exude flowing lava are almost all shield volcanoes over active hotspots, such as the ones in the Hawaiian islands, which are wide and flat, and do not loom impressively in the background. And the only time volcanoes actually expose a core of molten lava at their peak is during or shortly after their eruption, after which the lava quickly cools and solidifies. In fact, successive explosive eruptions will often blast through different sections of a volcano each time. Rather than being open wounds in the earth, stratovolcanoes, the looming, explosive volcanoes that feature most heavily in fiction, are more like crusted over scabs, being essentially solid mountains on top of tectonic subduction zones. However, since realistic volcanoes are insufficiently dramatic, and perhaps also because the most popular pictures of volcanoes are taken during eruptions, volcanoes in fiction tend to portrayed as full time seething lava pots. Related to Appease the Volcano God, which invariably takes place in this type of volcano.
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