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Walking in the shadow of a great volcano

On a ledge just inside the lip of Chile's Quizapu volcanic crater, Philipp Ruprecht was furiously digging a trench. Here at an elevation of 10,000 feet, a 1,000-foot plunge loomed just yards away, and wind was whipping ...

dateMay 18, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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Lava flow crisis averted (for now)

Lava flow crises are nothing new on Hawai'i, where their destructive forces have been demonstrated repeatedly. The 2014-2015 Pahoa lava flow crisis, however, was unique in terms of its societal impact and volcanological characteristics. ...

dateFeb 02, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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In Hawaii, living with lava

When the most recent eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano started last June, Melvin Sugimoto at first did not think much of it. Hawaii, where he has lived all his life, is made entirely of hardened lava, and Kilauea, perhaps ...

dateNov 25, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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Mapping lava flows in Iceland

As volcanologists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, we love everything lava. Right now, we're exploring how the structure of the surfaces lava flows over influences how it advances. Does it matter if the lava is flowing ...

dateSep 10, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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