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  • n. The state of being explosive
  • n. A measure of the extent to which a material is explosive


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  • Its low flammability and explosivity are the main reasons the military use diesel in armoured fighting vehicles, for example.

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  • Schleck is peerless when it comes to maintaining a high tempo on a long climb, but lacks Contador's explosivity.

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  • For each instance, information about the airport (such as latitude, longitude, country) and a brief description of the operational disruption have been compiled along with data on the volcanic source (such as latitude, longitude, eruption date, and degree of volcanic explosivity).

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  • According to Jean Frazier, director of child outpatient services and director of the pediatric psychotic disorders program at McLean and Massachusetts General Hospital, this test is critical in determining whether a medical condition or neurological condition is causing symptoms such as explosivity, hyperactivity, irritability, periods of confusion with bizarre repetitive behavior, losing urine or feces, or psychosis.

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  • Magma does not need external water to produce explosive eruptions (such as an ice cap/glacier) - and it seems that the current eruption is silicic enough to produce its own explosivity due to its viscosity and water content - so the lack of an ice cap should not preclude more explosive eruptions in Iceland.

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  • Scientists rank volcanoes according to how explosive they are, using the volcanic explosivity index (VEI), which goes from zero to eight.

  • There is a warning here, because on the volcanic explosivity index (VEI) - which goes from one to eight - the eruption at Eyjafjallajokull will probably be classified as a two.

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  • But if the eruption continues at some point there will be no more ice to melt near the eruption site, which might reduce the explosivity.

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  • "Certainly the fact that the eruption is going on underneath the ice sheet is likely to have an effect on the explosivity of the volcano," Dr. Macpherson said.

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  • The explosivity of the volcano is a function of both these gases and the steam, he said, and the precise contribution of each is unknown.

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