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The Most Metal Video of 2016 is This Meteor Soaring Behind an Erupting Volcano

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a sign that we’re all about to die? Well, I can’t speak to that last one, but I can say that this video shows a meteor scorching across the sky while it passes behind an erupting volcano. And I can’t think of a more metal way to close out 2016. Read More >>

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Damn, This Piping Hot Volcano B-Roll Is Metal as Hell

As arguably the world’s most active volcano, Hawaii’s Kīlauea presents a unique opportunity for researchers who want to observe the Earth’s geologic processes in real-time. Even more importantly, as a goddamn erupting volcano, footage of Kīlauea is gnarly as fuck. Read More >>

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Right Before They Erupt, Volcanoes Become Ominously Silent

If an active volcano nearby suddenly kicks up its activity with steam, smoke, and below-ground rumblings, it’s a good idea to get away very quickly. But now researchers have found an even more dangerous sign to watch volcanoes for: sudden, total silence. Read More >>

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Ancient Roman Concrete Was Inspired By Volcanic Chemistry

In 1982, the ground beneath the historic port city of Pozzuoli began to rise like a cake in the oven. Within two years, the swell had exceeded 6 feet. Then the earth started shaking—first, a swarm of microquakes. When the first magnitude 4 quake hit, Pozzuoli became a ghost town overnight. Read More >>

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What a Volcanic Eruption Looks Like in Satellite Radar

Back on November 23rd, the Pico do Fogo volcano on Cape Verde's Fogo island erupted. This image shows how that incident looked when it was captured by the Sentinel-1A satellite's radar sensors. Read More >>

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Why Iceland’s Volcano Eruption (Probably) Won’t Be a Travel Headache

This morning, the closely watched Bárðarbunga volcano in Iceland officially went from rumbling to erupting under the ice. The Icelandic Met Office has already issued a red alert for planes, but it's unlikely to turn into a repeat of the flight cancellation shitstorm of 2010—thanks to better science about volcanic ash. Read More >>

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An Asteroid With Active Volcanoes Once Wandered the Early Universe

Back in 2008, astronomers detected an asteroid heading straight toward Earth. For the first time ever, they tracked the rock as it veered towards our planet and exploded over the Nubian desert. Now, pieces of the recovered meteorite are beginning to reveal its secrets—like how it once harboured an active volcano. Read More >>

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This Extremely Dangerous Lava Surf Photography is Completely Worth the Risk

CJ Kale is reportedly the first person ever to photograph lava entering the ocean from the surf, swimming near the scalding water and avoiding lava bombs just a few from where he was standing. Needless to say, the risk of dying is huge but his photographs are awesome. Read More >>

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This Drone Footage of an Erupting Volcano is Absolutely Nuts

Put your face close to your screen and hit play. This short video, uploaded by YouTuber Shaun O'Callaghan, was shot from a DJI Phantom quad-copter as Yasur volcano on Tanna Island in Vanuatu erupted. Read More >>

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Molten Magma Could Power Electric Plants of the Future

Good old geothermal plants generate power using water heated by hot rocks deep underground. But what if we could get energy directly from the seething magma down below? In Iceland, an accidental discovery let scientists actually stick a pipe into magma to test this idea—and the results of their experiment have just been published in the journal Geothermics. Read More >>

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This Combination of Volcanic Smog and Sunglint is Stunning

You're looking at a picture of the Vanuatu Archipelago in Australia, shrouded in vog—a word used to describe the kind of volcanic smog which is formed when gases from a volcano react with sunlight, oxygen and moisture. Read More >>

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World’s Biggest Volcano Found Casually Chillin’ Under The Sea

Ending perhaps the world's most ironic game of hide-and-seek, scientists claim to have discovered the world's biggest volcano, a behmoth the size of Poland that apparently no-one's ever noticed before. Read More >>

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The Frozen Lava Flows of Mars

This might seem like some kind of psychedelic artwork — but you're actually looking a hundreds of individual lava flows, frozen in time on the side of Olympus Mons on Mars. Read More >>

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It’s Only Reasonable to Think That This Russian Volcano Looks Like Mordor

The Plosky Tolbachik volcano in Kamchatka, Russia is going kind of crazy this month. And Live Journal user Lusika33 has been following the eruptions from land and air. It's pretty amazing to think that these rivers of lava are flowing right now. It seems like shooting from the helicopter may have been kind of scary for Lusika33, but it can't be more intense than standing in the volcano. [EnglishRussia] Read More >>

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Why Does This Image of the Mount Etna Volcano Eruption from Space Look So Weird?

Because Earth can sometimes look like an Impressionist painting from space, NASA added colours to the Mount Etna volcano eruption to separate what from what. The false-colour image combines shortwave infrared, near-infrared and green light in the RGB channels. It looks like Earth on acid. Read More >>