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  • Photos and Videos From Hawaii’s Volcanic Eruption

    Photos and Videos From Hawaii’s Volcanic Eruption

    Volcanologist Einat Lev shares incredible footage of steam plumes, lava fountains, and more from the Kilauea eruption.

  • Tracking the Kilauea Eruption

    Tracking the Kilauea Eruption

    Volcanologist Einat Lev is tracking lava flows at Hawaii’s volcanic eruption. Here, she describes what conditions are like on the ground—and in the sky.

  • ‘Popping Rocks’ and Robots

    ‘Popping Rocks’ and Robots

    It turns out that studying lava flows at the bottom of the ocean uses many of the same methods as studying lava flows on other planets, writes Lamont’s Elise Rumpf.

  • Peering into Chile’s Quizapu Volcano

    Peering into Chile’s Quizapu Volcano

    In their quest to unravel the physical and chemical processes controlling volcanic eruptions, Einat Lev and colleagues headed to South America and the volcanoes of Chile.

  • Testing the Speed of Lava: What It Says about Escape Times & Mars

    Testing the Speed of Lava: What It Says about Escape Times & Mars

    Elise Rumpf’s lava flow simulations are yielding new details about the velocity of lava over different surfaces. They may also hold clues about the surfaces of other planets.

  • Photo Essay: Land, Lava, People

    Photo Essay: Land, Lava, People

    On Hawaii, lava is a way of life. The whole island is made of the stuff. Eruptions from Kilauea volcano have been adding new land and wiping out old for all of human time, and far before. In recent decades, lava flows have wiped out communities and major roads. The latest eruption, which began in June 2014, now…

  • In Hawaii, Living With Lava

    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 the world’s most active volcano, has been adding more off and on for the last 300,000 years. “Lava is…

  • Climate Change Leaves Its Mark on the Sea Floor? Maybe Not

    Climate Change Leaves Its Mark on the Sea Floor? Maybe Not

    A new study in Science questions the provocative idea that climate change may shape the texture of the sea floor. A Snickers bar helps explain what’s really going on.

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  • Photos and Videos From Hawaii’s Volcanic Eruption

    Photos and Videos From Hawaii’s Volcanic Eruption

    Volcanologist Einat Lev shares incredible footage of steam plumes, lava fountains, and more from the Kilauea eruption.

  • Tracking the Kilauea Eruption

    Tracking the Kilauea Eruption

    Volcanologist Einat Lev is tracking lava flows at Hawaii’s volcanic eruption. Here, she describes what conditions are like on the ground—and in the sky.

  • ‘Popping Rocks’ and Robots

    ‘Popping Rocks’ and Robots

    It turns out that studying lava flows at the bottom of the ocean uses many of the same methods as studying lava flows on other planets, writes Lamont’s Elise Rumpf.

  • Peering into Chile’s Quizapu Volcano

    Peering into Chile’s Quizapu Volcano

    In their quest to unravel the physical and chemical processes controlling volcanic eruptions, Einat Lev and colleagues headed to South America and the volcanoes of Chile.

  • Testing the Speed of Lava: What It Says about Escape Times & Mars

    Testing the Speed of Lava: What It Says about Escape Times & Mars

    Elise Rumpf’s lava flow simulations are yielding new details about the velocity of lava over different surfaces. They may also hold clues about the surfaces of other planets.

  • Photo Essay: Land, Lava, People

    Photo Essay: Land, Lava, People

    On Hawaii, lava is a way of life. The whole island is made of the stuff. Eruptions from Kilauea volcano have been adding new land and wiping out old for all of human time, and far before. In recent decades, lava flows have wiped out communities and major roads. The latest eruption, which began in June 2014, now…

  • In Hawaii, Living With Lava

    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 the world’s most active volcano, has been adding more off and on for the last 300,000 years. “Lava is…

  • Climate Change Leaves Its Mark on the Sea Floor? Maybe Not

    Climate Change Leaves Its Mark on the Sea Floor? Maybe Not

    A new study in Science questions the provocative idea that climate change may shape the texture of the sea floor. A Snickers bar helps explain what’s really going on.