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How do volcanoes get named?

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General / Misc

 

They get named in all kinds of ways. Some are named for famous people (usually westerners who claim to have "discovered" the volcanoes). Other volcanoes are named for gods who might be said to live there. Others are named for what the volcano looks like (there are lots of volcanoes named "Cerro Azul" (blue hill)) in the world. There are also lots named "Azufre" or "La Soufriere" (Sulfur in spanish and french).