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07

Oct

Alaska volcano blanketed Europe in ash 1,200 years agoMount Churchill ejected just 12 cubic miles of ash, but this ash spread for miles, leading scientists to reconsider the potential effects of even minor eruptions.

Alaska volcano blanketed Europe in ash 1,200 years ago
Mount Churchill ejected just 12 cubic miles of ash, but this ash spread for miles, leading scientists to reconsider the potential effects of even minor eruptions.

03

Oct

The ocean floor is a geological wonderland of volcanoes and continental gashesScientists have also found evidence of deep water hills that were likely created by a combination of faulting and volcanism.

The ocean floor is a geological wonderland of volcanoes and continental gashes
Scientists have also found evidence of deep water hills that were likely created by a combination of faulting and volcanism.

30

Sep

Why the Japanese volcano Mount Ontake erupted without warningThe volcano started with a phreatic eruption, which can be like a volcano clearing its throat before a normal eruption.

Why the Japanese volcano Mount Ontake erupted without warning
The volcano started with a phreatic eruption, which can be like a volcano clearing its throat before a normal eruption.

19

Aug

Chances of eruption increasing at Iceland volcanoAn eruption at the remote Bardarbunga volcano doesn’t immediately pose a risk to any Iceland communities but it could threaten European air travel routes.

Chances of eruption increasing at Iceland volcano
An eruption at the remote Bardarbunga volcano doesn’t immediately pose a risk to any Iceland communities but it could threaten European air travel routes.

19

Jul

It took a volcano, 60 million years, and a giant to build this natural wonderWelcome to the Giant’s Causeway, a truly amazing location in Northern Ireland where polygonal columns are stacked against each other in such a strange way that it became the source of fantastic folklore. Learn more.

It took a volcano, 60 million years, and a giant to build this natural wonder
Welcome to the Giant’s Causeway, a truly amazing location in Northern Ireland where polygonal columns are stacked against each other in such a strange way that it became the source of fantastic folklore. Learn more.

14

Jul

Road melts from Yellowstone’s volcanic heatFirehole Lake Drive, the road that saw some melting, hit 160 degrees Fahrenheit, 30 or 40 degrees hotter than its normal temperature.

Road melts from Yellowstone’s volcanic heat
Firehole Lake Drive, the road that saw some melting, hit 160 degrees Fahrenheit, 30 or 40 degrees hotter than its normal temperature.

10

Jun

Hidden volcanoes melt Antarctic glaciers from belowThe extra melt caused by subglacial volcanoes could lubricate the ice sheet from beneath, speeding up the flow of water back into the sea.

Hidden volcanoes melt Antarctic glaciers from below
The extra melt caused by subglacial volcanoes could lubricate the ice sheet from beneath, speeding up the flow of water back into the sea.

30

May



Kilauea volcano’s glow looks ominous at dusk




The orange and yellow light from one of the world’s most active volcanoes lures viewers to its edges
The orange and yellow light from one of the world’s most active volcanoes lures viewers to its edges

02

May

What is an asphalt volcano?Deep beneath the ocean, the earth spews hot tar into unusual formations that are home to an abundance of beautiful marine life.

What is an asphalt volcano?
Deep beneath the ocean, the earth spews hot tar into unusual formations that are home to an abundance of beautiful marine life.

30

Apr

2 modern-day Pompeiis in the heart of the CaribbeanIt’s been nearly 2,000 years since Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii in lava and ash, but these two Caribbean volcanoes show that destruction can happen anywhere and anytime.

2 modern-day Pompeiis in the heart of the Caribbean
It’s been nearly 2,000 years since Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii in lava and ash, but these two Caribbean volcanoes show that destruction can happen anywhere and anytime.