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solfatara Syllabification: sol·fa·ta·ra
Pronunciation: /ˌsälfəˈtärə/ /ˌsōl-/

Definition of solfatara in English:


A volcanic crater emitting only sulfurous and other gases.
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  • Most of the mountains are clastic stratovolcanic sediments (ashes and tuff), and the abundant solfataras and fumaroles, many of which are still active, are the last phases of the volcanism.
  • Other solfataras and fumaroles have produced a plethora of sulfates, and it is plausible that additional sulfates occur at El Desierto.
  • In contrast to P. capillare, no D. lanuginosum plants were observed outside of active solfataras.


Late 18th century: from the name of a volcano near Naples, from Italian solfo 'sulfur'.

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