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Volcano

  1. Weird

    Here’s A Can of Chef Boyardee Getting Swallowed By Fiery Lava Death

    Volcano gods always demand some sort of sacrifice. The Pu'u O'o vent off the Kīlauea volcano in Hawa'ii didn't just want any old sacrifice, though. After all, virgin maidens and Tom Hanks rom-com characters are just so bland and tasteless. No, what Pu'u O'o wanted was Chef Boyardee.

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  2. Science

    Mount Etna’s Eruption Causes It To Rain Rocks In Sicily

    Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, has erupted again. Though the eruption wasn't serious enough to merit any evacuation, there were a few road closures - oh, and that pesky issue of it's raining rocks and volcanic ash from the sky now.

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  3. Science

    This Video Of An Underwater Volcanic Eruption Is Appropriately Epic [Video]

    It occasionally happens that we need a quick reminder that the world we live in is an amazing and beautiful place, and today is one of those days. In the interest of keeping our eyes on big pictures and finding some strange beauty to appreciate in the world, we offer up this video of a river of molten rock flowing into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii. Courtesy of PBS Digital Studios, these images of the Earth literally opening up and remaking itself -- and of course boiling the very oceans that surround it in the process -- are pretty incredible, offering visions of underwater eruptions, avalanches, and the transformation of a small corner of our planet. Take a look below. We hope you dig it. 

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  4. Science

    Sunken Microcontinent Discovered Hiding Beneath Indian Ocean

    If you're the hidden remains of a microcontinent that sank beneath the waves billions of years ago and you're trying to stay hidden, don't go letting trace amounts of you wash up on tropical beaches. We're just saying, it doesn't help. Case in point: A study of the sand on the volcanic island of Mauritius now leads geologists to conclude that there may be the remains of a microcontinent lurking beneath the Indian Ocean. There are no lost treasures from ancient civilizations washing up yet, but if movies have taught us anything, that's just a matter of time.

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  5. Science

    Serious Business: LotR’s Mount Doom Is an Actual Volcano That’s About to Erupt

    Geologists are warning hikers to stay off of Mount Ruapehu, the New Zealand volcano that stood in for Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. A variety of signs suggest that pressure is building beneath the volcano, and researchers are concerned that an eruption may be imminent. Still, even if Ruapehu does blow its top, it will probably be a fairly run of the mill explosion of fire from the bowels of the earth, with the number of uruk hai set to be loosed on an unsuspecting island nation expected to be minimal. So, hey -- things could be worse!

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  6. Science

    Researchers Could Predict Eruptions By Taking A Volcano’s Pulse From Space

    A new study from the University of Miami shows that satellite images of inflating magma balloons deep beneath the ground can predict the eruptions of some volcanoes. The groundbreaking study marks the first solid evidence that factors like ground deformation can suggest a volcanic eruption in the offing -- and opens the possibility that, with some fine-tuning, satellite images could help improve eruption preparedness and let people know when they need to get to safety.

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  7. Science

    Mass Burial Pit in London Connected to Volcanic Eruption

    The discovery of a massive east London burial pit at Spitalfields market in the 1990s was originally said to have been caused by the Black Death or Great Famine of 1315-1317. Turns out, those original declarations were wrong by around a century. New evidence, like radiocarbon dating of the bones, instead links the deaths of the 10,500 medieval skeletons to a massive volcanic event that happened thousands of miles away in 1258.

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  8. Science

    There’s a New Island Forming in the Red Sea

    In late December, just before Christmas, a volcano in the Red Sea began shooting plumes of lava 60 feet into the air. The plumes of smoke and ash could be seen for miles in every direction; it was the birth of land. New imagery from NASA's Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite shows that the cooling lava has formed a new island is about 1,700 by 2,300 feet across and is expected to become a permanent resident. Welcome to the map, little island.

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  9. Science

    Pictures from Iceland’s Latest Volcanic Eruption

    On May 22, Iceland's most active volcano Grímsvötn began erupting in the east of the country. It was a spectacular eruption, sending a massive ash plume 12 miles into the air. From the Christian Science Monitor:
    The eruption of Grímsvötn, Iceland’s most active volcano, on Saturday evening is believed to be far more powerful than that of Eyjafjallajökull last year. Experts estimate that Grímsvötn produced between 100 and 1,000 times more material per second when it exploded. The plume it generated was twice as high as Eyjafjallajökull’s.
    The ash is expected to blow towards Northern Ireland and parts of the U.K. over the next few days, though it is not expected to choke off air travel as Eyjafjallajökull did last year. It's also much, much easier to pronounce. Read on below for more pictures from this dramatic eruption, and how it's affecting the Icelanders.

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  10. Science

    Iceland Volcano Eruption: May Spark MORE Iceland Volcano Eruptions

    News surfaced yesterday that the Icelandic Volcano eruption is not only refusing to abate, but that it might also spark further volanic eruptions nearby.

    AP:

    A volcano in southern Iceland has erupted for the first time in almost 200 years, raising concerns that it could trigger a larger and potentially more dangerous eruption at a volatile volcano nearby.

    Anderson Cooper reported on the potentially scary scenario last night.

    Video of the exchange after the jump:

    Mediaite's Colby Hall has also penned the mock script to an inspired, Jerry Bruckheimer-like trailer around the volcano events: All disaster movie geeks should head over and check it out.

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  11. Space

    Space Shuttle Discovery Landing Delayed for Non-Volcano Reasons

    NASA buffs may be sad to learn that after much anticipation, Space Shuttle Discovery will not be landing today as planned. Unlike seemingly every other travel delay these days, the cause of Space Shuttle Mission STS-131's setback is not dust and ash scattered by the volcanic eruption in Iceland, but plain old rain and clouds over the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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  12. Science

    Volcanoes Produce Lightning

    Flickr user skarpi has a series of photographs documenting the phenomenon of volcano triggered lightning at the site of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. From Wikipedia:
    When the higher levels of the atmosphere are cooler, and the surface is warmed to extreme temperatures due to a wildfire, volcano, etc, convection will occur, and the convection produces lightning... There are three types of volcanic lightning:
    • Extremely large volcanic eruptions, which eject gases and material high into the atmosphere, can trigger lightning. This phenomenon was documented by Pliny The Elder during the AD79 eruption of Vesuvius, in which he perished.
    • An intermediate type which comes from a volcano's vents, sometimes 1.8 mi-
    Oh, there's only so long we can keep the scientific veneer. Check out these pictures, they are amazing!

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  13. Weird

    Get Your Eyjafjallajokull-Shaped Blankets Right Here [PSA]

    Troublemaking Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull has been in the news a lot lately for grounding flights in the UK and across Europe into the weekend, thanks to the blanket of ash it has steadily been spewing over Europe. But Eyjafjallajokull is also the source material for quite a different type of blanket -- the kind you can non-lethally throw over yourself when you're cold.

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