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What Is Climate Change? (VIDEO)

Remember the difference between weather and climate? We know what happens when the weather changes—it’s obvious. Climate is another story. Read on. When it rains, you put on a raincoat or take your umbrella when you go out. It snows: time for high boots, a heavier coat, scarf, and warm gloves. And sunny days, well, […]

September 16th

Alaska Volcano Eruption 2013 — Stratovolcano Activity May Disrupt Air Travel

The beautiful nearly-symmetrical Cleveland Volcano in Alaska has now awoken again after a short rest, last erupting in 2011. The remote stratovolcano began erupting on Saturday with a series of three large explosions and has since then been releasing a continuous plume of ash, gas, and steam, into the atmosphere. These releases, particularly the ash, […]

May 5th

Magma Forms Deeper than Previously Thought

New research results from a team led by geologist Rajdeep Dasgupta of Rice University have shown that magma forms much deeper than geologists had previously thought. The scientists put minute samples of peridotite – a rock derived from Earth’s mantle – under very high pressures in a laboratory and found that the rock can and does liquify […]

January 9th

Yellowstone Super-Volcano a Little Less Super But More Active

  The Yellowstone “super-volcano” was in the record books for creating the fourth largest eruption known to science. “Was”, because new research has shown that the super-eruption was actually two separate eruptions, which means that the Yellowstone super-volcano is a little less super and a little more frequent. “The Yellowstone volcano’s previous behavior is the […]

May 1st

New Island Appears in Red Sea During Volcanic Eruption

A volcanic eruption in the Red Sea has led to the possible formation of a new island where previously there had been nothing but unbroken water. The volcanic activity took place along the Zubair Group, “a collection of small islands off the west coast of Yemen,” according to NASA. Photos taken by NASA’s Terra and […]

December 29th

Supervolcanoes Will Not End Earth in 2012, Probably

In what life was probably like prior to the coming of the year 2000, every man and his dog is coming up with a theory for how the Earth will end come 2012. After already curbing fears that a giant “killer solar flare” will wipe out planet Earth next year, NASA has again weighed in, this time explaining that a supervolcano will not have a supereruption during 2012.

Probably. Let’s get to that later.

November 17th

Nabro Volcano Before Eruption {Photo of the Day}

After midnight local time on June 13, 2011, the Nabro Volcano in the Southern Red Sea Region of Eritrea erupted after a series of earthquakes hit the Eritrea-Ethiopia border region, ranging up to magnitude 5.7. The image below shows what the stratovolcano looked like before it erupted.

June 20th

Images of Grímsvötn Volcano Eruption

Below, are images from the eruption and of the ash plume that ended up disrupting air travel in Iceland, followed shortly by Greenland, Scotland, Norway, Svalbard and a small part of Denmark, Northern Ireland, northern England and Northern Germany.

June 7th

Deep Sea Volcanoes Explode Too

Over the last decade, geologists have speculated that based on certain evidence in the surrounding environment, these undersea volcanoes are capable of explosive eruptions. No one’s been able to prove it though. Until now.

March 29th

Volcanic Activity at Kilauea

One of Earth’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea, surged to life on March 5 of this year, spewing fresh flows of lava out the opening of a new fissure and starting off a forest fire that has burned for much of this month. NASA’s Advanced Land Imager (ALI) onboard the Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured the following false-color images of the area.

March 24th

Hawaiian Volcano Kilauea Eruption Images

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has been monitoring the recent activity of the Kilauea volcano on the island of Hawai’i. At 1:42 p.m. HST this afternoon, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) monitoring network detected the onset of rapid deflation at Pu`u `Ō `ō and increased tremor along Kīlauea Volcano’s middle […]

March 8th

Hawaii Volcano Erupts [VIDEOS]

Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano, one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes in the world (and also the most visited volcano in the world), began erupting violently yesterday after a nearby crater collapsed on Saturday. Enjoy the videos above and below capturing this, via the AP and Reuters/Guardian, respectively. “Hawaii Volcano Observatory scientists said the floor of […]

March 7th

Mount Etna Erupts

On the 11th of January, Mount Etna, in Sicily, Italy, Europe’s largest volcano, erupted briefly, spewing flames, ash and smoke into the atmosphere and lava down its slopes. The ESA’s Envisat MERIS captured an image of the volcano from above, a trail of smoke drifting to the east. And below is an image found on […]

January 16th

Hawaii Sitting Shallow Atop Magma

An Ohio State University honours undergraduate student has found that the Hawaiian Island volcani chain sits atop a single magma chamber which is much closer to the surface than was originally supposed. “Hawaii was already unique among volcanic systems, because it has such an extensive plumbing system, and the magma that erupts has a unique […]

December 14th

No Eruption Imminent from Iceland Volcano

Geophysicists who have been monitoring the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland have announced that floodwaters are receding and tremors are decreasing. This after fears just a few days ago that the country’s most active volcano could erupt soon. The lake and surrounding glacier had begun melting, with water levels having tripled according to Gunnar Sigurdsson of […]

November 8th