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Volcano Goes BOOM

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I’m sure we’re all familiar with the notorious things about volcanoes: that big ash plume, planes grounded, lava spewing all through a town and burning houses, and so on. These are famous for a reason: they are striking and so out of the ordinary, at least compared to life in the UK. But volcanic eruptions don’t necessarily very quickly go pop and then go back to sleep when the media stop reporting them. Some volcanoes can erupt for many years during a single ‘eruption’ and the impacts of these eruptions can be much more long term than you might expect because of the way they change the landscape.

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Journey to the centre of The Earth Ascension: What makes this volcano tick?

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Volcanic eruptions are one of the most fascinating phenomena on the planet, capturing the imaginations of some of our greatest writers and philosophers throughout ancient history, and more recently fuelling some of Hollywood’s most ridiculous action movies (Dante’s Peak anyone?). Although volcanic eruptions can indeed be beautiful and spectacular they can also be catastrophic for communities living alongside them.

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