Volcanoes and Plant Life
Minerals and Nutrients
Each time a volcano erupts, it brings these nutrients with it and spreads them everywhere. When volcanoes explode they spread ash around a large area. This ash acts as a fertilizer, enriching the soil. It is no surprise that the soil near volcanoes is among the richest and most fertile on Earth.
For instance, even the smallest vineyard will have trellis rows that grow grapes and spring beans. But it will also have fava beans, cauliflower, and onions between the trellis rows. The margins of the vineyards are planted with orange and lemon trees, herbs, and flowers.
Other Great Resources:
Sciencing: Plants & Animals Around Volcanoes https://sciencing.com/plants-animals-around-volcanoes-8259688.html
Oregon State Volcano World: How do Volcanoes Affect Plants and Animals? http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/how-do-volcanoes-affect-plants-and-animals
Written by: Monica Siegenthaler