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illustration of a geyser eruption

Data Visualization Translates Geyser Eruption Data Into Eerie Music

The project earned grad student Anna Barth a grand prize in the American Geophysical Union’s competition on Data Visualization and Storytelling.

by |December 11, 2019
Yves Moussallam sampling volcanic emissions

Volcanologist Yves Moussallam Honored With Rolex Award for Enterprise

He treks to remote volcanoes to measure their gas and aerosol emissions, in order to improve climate change predictions.

by |November 29, 2019

The Surprising Way a Volcanic Eruption Fueled a Bloom of Ocean Algae

A new study reveals a surprising way in which lava influences marine ecology.

by |September 6, 2019
hurricane irma from space

Large Volcanic Eruptions Can Alter Hurricane Strength and Frequency

A new study is the first to untangle the effects of volcanic eruptions and El Niño events on hurricane patterns.

by |April 1, 2019

On a Remote Island, a Lost Part of the World Is Found

On a small volcanic island in the Indian Ocean lies a geologic enigma—a mass of pure white quartzite sandstone apparently formed on a faraway continent long ago. How did it get there?

by |February 12, 2019
Volcán de Fuego with smoke coming out the top

Experimental Forecasts Could Help Guatemala Recover from Volcanic Eruption

Rainfall predictions out to three weeks suggest the nation may get some relief from downpours that are hindering response and rebuilding.

by |June 26, 2018
lava fountain at kilauea eruption

Photos and Videos From Hawaii’s Volcanic Eruption

Volcanologist Einat Lev shares incredible footage of steam plumes, lava fountains, and more from the Kilauea eruption.

by |May 25, 2018
kilauea lava fountain and steam

Tracking the Kilauea Eruption

Volcanologist Einat Lev is tracking lava flows at Hawaii’s volcanic eruption. Here, she describes what conditions are like on the ground—and in the sky.

by |May 22, 2018

Ice Sheets May Melt Rapidly in Response to Distant Volcanoes

A study of ancient eruptions shows modern ice sheets could be vulnerable.

by |October 24, 2017
yellowstone caldera in blue, green, and yellow

What Is a Supervolcano, and Should You Really Be Worried About the One at Yellowstone?

Despite recent media reports, there’s no imminent threat, says Columbia geologist Einat Lev.

by |October 16, 2017