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  1. A Flaming, Fiery Round-Up of This Week’s Volcano Videos

    Disclaimer: Ragnaros the Firelord does not actually make an appearance.

    The internet's been a treasure trove of volcanic videos this week. We've handpicked a healthy batch of them.

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  2. NASA Releases Incredible Instagram Video of a Sarychev Volcano Eruption

    Damn, Earth, you scary.

    Oh this? This is just part of the Earth exploding in a violent volcanic eruption. No big deal. NASA just released this incredible video on their NASA Goddard Instagram account showing the 2009 eruption of the Sarychev Volcano shot from the International Space Station.

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  3. 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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  4. NASA Flies Decommisioned Drones Over Active Volcano, Because Sure, Why Not

    Some science news stories involve NASA. Some involve volcanoes, noxious vapors, or even drones. What are the chances of all of the above rolled into one? Exceptional, because NASA in fact sent drones flying over an active volcano in Costa Rica. The only thing this story is missing are some dinosaur bones or a comet. For now.

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  5. Hawaii Is Slowly Dissolving, Sinking Into The Sea

    We may have ducked the end of the world last week, but a new study by researchers from Brigham Young University reminds us, that in some small way or another, the world is always kind of ending. The study suggests that Hawaii's volcanic islands are, ever so slowly, being returned to the sea. The culprit is not erosion, or rising sea levels brought on by climate change, but something much more insidious. The islands, it seems, are being dissolved by their own groundwater.

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  6. Archaeologists Unearth Remains of Man That Tried to Reason With Volcano, Turned Out About Like You’d Expect

    The expression "don't negotiate with terrorists" certainly didn't exist in sixth century Japan, but something more along the lines of not trying to reason with volcanoes is a likely possibility. Archaeologists uncovered the preserved remains of a man clad in armor, at a site they've dubbed the "Pompeii of Japan," who they believe died attempting to beseech an erupting volcano to maybe, y'know, not rain down fire and ash on his people. Going by what he was wearing at the time of his death, analysts guess that the man counted himself among the upper castes of Japanese society, though they're still debating whether he was an incredibly brave soul or just one of the many people throughout recorded history that have made huge mistakes.

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  7. Is The Venus Express Probe Watching Volcanoes Erupt On The Planet As We Speak?

    Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) are seeing increased levels of sulfur dioxide in the already rather poisonous atmosphere of Venus. There are a couple of possible explanations for the spike in levels of the gas, but right now, we're going to get excited about the coolest possibility, which is that the ESA's Venus Express probe is seeing the results of some not insignificant volcanic activity on the surface of the planet.

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  8. Geologists Study Crater Formation by Making Craters With Dynamite — Let’s Watch!

    Geologists at the University of Buffalo are making us think we picked the wrong career today, publishing a study in the journal Physical Review Letters that explores the nature and formation of volcanic maar craters -- bowl-like craters that are formed by volcanic activity, but resemble the impact craters left behind by some meteorites. How, you may ask does one recreate a crater in the lab? The immensely satisfying answer is "in slow motion with a lot of dynamite." As you can see in the short video below which replicates the explosion and aftermath that go into forming one of these craters, we may have missed our calling.

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  9. Highly Preserved Fossil Rhino Found Flash Fried In Volcanic Ash

    A team of European paleontologists have described s nine million-year-old rhinoceros skull in a nearly unbelievable state of preservation, thanks to the fact that it once belonged to a rhino who suffered the unlucky fate of being flash-cooked in volcanic ash. While it sounds like a pretty terrible way to go for the rhino, the immaculately preserved skull is a boon for researchers, who are getting a better look at the ancient mammal than they ever thought possible.

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  10. 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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