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Volcano

  1. First Clip From Pixar’s Lava Short Will Magma-tize Your Heart

    More like volcayes! (Pixar, you know where to find me.)

    Lava premieres before Pixar's Inside Out in 2015, which means I've got almost a year of getting this tropical ditty stuck in my head and dying for context. I can't wait.

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

    Ravioli, ravioli, feed you to a volcanoli.

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

    Would an umbrella even be enough protection for this? Maybe just stay inside?

    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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