Select the search type
  • Site
  • Web
Search

The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

Chasing Volcanoes

volcanos remain dramatically beautiful and still mysterious

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, March 13, 2013/Categories: natural history, photography

Volcanoes are impressive. I thought of this when a good friend of Riled Up, James Balog, the photographer who gained international fame for his graphic time-lapse studies of climate change in the film  Chasing Ice , wrote to say he was on vacation in Hawaii  "chasing volcanoes".

NASA has just released an image of Japan's Sakurajima volcano that erupted in January. Magma shoots away from the crater's surface from deep below. The photograph is notable for the lightning bolts generated near the summit. Why this occurs just like with common thunderstorms remains a research topic and a mystery.


Sakurajima Volcano with Lightning  (credit: NASA/Martin Rietze)

Years earlier, I was traveling in Central America and invited to view Pacaya volcano in Guatemala that happened to be erupting. I thought we would drive to a 'scenic overlook' and observe the eruption from a safe distance but after driving several hours in the middle of the night we reached the summit with the lava flowing below us. This was probably not the smartest thing I have ever done but I will never forget the experience.

It will be exciting to see the visual results of James Balog's "chasing volcanos" investigations even if they don't relate to climate change.

WHB
 

Number of views (1734)/Comments (0)

Tags:

Please login or register to post comments.

Thar She Blows Wednesday, August 20, 20140

Thar She Blows

Another one of Iceland's unpronounceable volcanoes is preparing to erupt.
Patterned Mars Tuesday, August 19, 20140

Patterned Mars

Landscapes on Mars come in all sorts of patterns.
Plant of the Week Monday, August 18, 20140

Plant of the Week

Imagine a giant wombat or wallaby grazing these groves of trees.
Talking Plants Friday, August 15, 20140

Talking Plants

Research is showing plants use surprisingly sophisticated ways to communicate. A talking tree is now a new movie star.
Art Gallery Ready Thursday, August 14, 20140

Art Gallery Ready

Space photography does it again with a composite view of the Ring Nebula ready for any art gallery wall.
My Denials Wednesday, August 13, 20140

My Denials

Here is a list of the “theories” to which I do not subscribe or even peruse.
Tobacco -- The Healthy Choice Tuesday, August 12, 20140

Tobacco -- The Healthy Choice

Can GMO sometimes be A-OK? 
When Are We Going to Die? Tuesday, August 12, 20140

When Are We Going to Die?

A look into the future reveals that we actually know quite a lot about the way the world will end.
How to Tame Your Comet Monday, August 11, 20140

How to Tame Your Comet

Dragons come in different forms and two space probes are getting a first-hand look.
RSS
Against the Sky Sunday, August 10, 20140

Against the Sky

A dreamy travel video for the morning.
Way Weird Weather Friday, August 8, 20140

Way Weird Weather

July 2014 has produced some really odd weather in the northern hemisphere.
From Despair to Repair Thursday, August 7, 20140

From Despair to Repair

Fact #1: coral reefs are very important, Fact #2: they are in deep trouble, Fact #3: there is some hope for corals
The Faux-Jocks Hate the Faux-Nerds Tuesday, August 5, 20140

The Faux-Jocks Hate the Faux-Nerds

If you beat up on nerds, you can't be a nerd.
When is Green not a Good Thing? Monday, August 4, 20140

When is Green not a Good Thing?

When is "green" a bad thing? Answer: When it comes from toxic algae.
Roll-on Solar, roll-on Sunday, August 3, 20140

Roll-on Solar, roll-on

Roll-on photovoltaic materials may be the biggest breakthrough ever in solar energy development.
Surf's Up Friday, August 1, 20140

Surf's Up

The Arctic Ocean could become the next hot surfing spot.
Octo-Moms Thursday, July 31, 20140

Octo-Moms

Giant octopus make good, and very patient, moms.
FoxNews's Astronomical Knowledge Shines Through Wednesday, July 30, 20140

FoxNews's Astronomical Knowledge Shines Through

​FoxNews: Your source for the latest in science news, as long as 'latest' is defined as 2500 years old. 
RSS