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  1. Volcanoes Whistle Like Tea Kettles Before Erupting, But It Would Probably Be the Last Thing You Hear

    Hey, what's that sounds? BOOM. Dead.

    Before a volcano erupts there can be a series of small earthquakes, sort of like warning shots. They build up in frequency leading to the eruption, which can cause something called "harmonic tremor." New evidence shows that the harmonic tremor can reach the audible range for humans, but if you can hear it, it's probably time to start running.

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  2. 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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  3. Mercury May Have Once Had An Awesome Ocean Of Magma, Says New Study

    A new analysis of the surface of Mercury has revealed that the planet closest to the Sun was once totally badass. The results of a study by researchers at MIT suggest that at one point, some billions of years ago, the planet hosted a rolling ocean of flowing magma.

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  4. One-of-a-Kind Giant Magma Bubble in South America Looks Just Like a Sombrero

    A team of geologists has identified one of the largest magma bubbles on the face of the planet, and delightfully, it happens to look like a giant sombrero. A bubble of superheated magma 62 miles across is constantly growing and rising in the center of the geologic uplift, while all around it, the rest of the valley sinks incrementally lower each year, turning the sombrero uplift into the new Most Awesome Geologic Phenomenon Named After a Thing You Wear On Your Head. Sorry, Mount Hood, Helmet Peak, and Hat Mountain.

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  5. Giant Magma Balloon Raising Surface of Greek Islands

    Large swathes of the Greek island of Santorini are covered in pumice from an enormous volcanic explosion thousands of years ago, a major catastrophe of the ancient world. Lately, the volcanic archipelago has seen some more geological rumblings, starting with a series of small earthquakes a couple years ago that marked the first seismic activity seen on the island in more than a quarter of a century. It now appears those quakes brought along some company, in the form of an underground balloon of magma that may be as large as 20 million cubic meters -- so huge, it has raised the surface of the islands as much as 14 centimeters in some areas. Researchers with the University of Bristol published their findings -- like the fact that the idyllic coastline in the photo above may well be a little bit higher now -- this week in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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