This Is What Happens When Lava Meets The Sea

This is a close-up of the very newest land in Hawaii, fresh lava dripping into the sea to build out a new layer of basalt on this island volcano. The ropey texture of the flow is a consequence of its chemistry, the same geochemistry behind the slow, oozing eruptions characteristic of the tropical paradise. » 1/18/15 6:00pm 1/18/15 6:00pm

Bárðarbunga Briefly Burbles With A Midnight Fissure Eruption

After rumbling at us all week with unconfirmed subglacial eruptions and tormenting volcanologists to debate will it or won't it erupt, Bárðarbunga belched forth a fountain of lava. The eruption was both gentle and short-lived with no ash, boding well for air travel. » 8/29/14 1:05am 8/29/14 1:05am