(Answer) Where does the word ‘volcano’ come from?

[8-27-2022] Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage Quiz Question: Where does the word ‘volcano’ come from?

The given options are:

  • An ancient poem
  • The Latin word for ‘heat’
  • The name of an island

Correct Answer: The name of an island

Info: The word ‘volcano’ comes from the name of Vulcano, an island that sits off the southern coast of Italy. Vulcano itself was named for Vulcan, the god of fire in ancient Roman religion and myth. And yes, the island has several volcanic calderas, including one active volcano. A volcano is a rupture in the crust of a planetary-mass object, such as Earth, that allows hot lava, volcanic ash, and gases to escape from a magma chamber below the surface. Large eruptions can affect atmospheric temperature as ash, and sulfuric acid droplets obscure the Sun and cool the Earth’s troposphere. (Ref)


Today’s “Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage Quiz” has three questions related to volcanoes. Each question has only one correct answer and carries one point. The wrong answer does not earn any points. So, select only the correct answers.

All three questions from today’s Bing Homepage Quiz are below. You can find their answers by visiting those pages.

  1. Which US monument can be found in Gifford Pinchot National Forest?
  2. The eruption of Novarupta in 1912 was the largest ever in the 20th century. Where is it located?
  3. Where does the word ‘volcano’ come from?

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