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A volcano is the holy symbol of Yamatsumi.

A volcano is a mountain or rupture in the earth that allows hot lava, ash, and gases to escape from a magma chamber below the surface.[1] Three broad types of volcano exist:

  • cinder cones are made up of compacted ash and volcanic debris, and most erupt only briefly before becoming inactive;
  • shield volcanoes are low and broad, due to the lava they erupt flowing for large distances before cooling;
  • stratovolcanoes are steeply sloped and much higher than the other two types, the lava they erupt tending to cool quickly and before it can flow very far.

A volcano's activity may cause its magma reservoirs to empty out, at which point the mountain may collapse into the resulting cavern to form a crater-like caldera. A caldera may still remain volcanically active, as is the case with those containing the Gorum Pots of Numeria and Terwa Lake in the Mwangi Expanse. Volcanoes often arise in areas where the boundaries between the Material Plane and the Plane of Fire are thin.[2]

Despite their hostile natures, volcanoes are often home to a variety of creature such as fire giants, red, magma and underworld dragons, fire and magma elementals, thoqquas, fire whales and magma oozes.[2][3]

Prominent volcanoes

See also: Category:Volcanoes

In religion


Paizo published a major article on volcanoes by Russ Taylor in Anvil of Fire, titled "Volcanoes of Golarion".

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