New Type of Volcanic Eruption Produces Globs of Floating Molten Foam

A recent paper published in Nature Geoscience has proposed the existence of an entirely new kind of volcanic eruption, which geologists are now calling a 'tangaroan' eruption. Rather than being either explosive or effusive, this newly documented type of eruption involves the slow release of magma that generates a… » 1/23/13 10:53am 1/23/13 10:53am

More evidence that volcanoes killed the dinosaurs

Geologists and paleontologists have been kicking around an idea for the past several decades which threatens to overturn the scientific canon surrounding the demise of the dinosaurs. Rather than an asteroid impact, say a growing number of researchers, it was extreme volcanic activity that drove the dinosaurs to… » 12/10/12 8:00am 12/10/12 8:00am

Watching this scientist sample lava from an active volcano will make your heart race

When I read that the video featured here was intense, I was skeptical. One of my biggest gripes about "reality" television programs (and, to a lesser extent, documentaries) is how they often use music and stylized camerawork to imbue relatively innocuous situations with a sense of urgency, tension or danger (see:… » 6/08/12 4:24pm 6/08/12 4:24pm