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The cooling effects of large volcanic eruptions have led some scientists to believe these natural hazards could inspire and inform the development of geo-engineering schemes to combat climate change. New research suggests this is probably a bad idea.
During the Mount Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD, clouds of superheated gas enveloped the ancient city of Pompeii and its surrounding areas, instantly vaporising bodily fluids and soft tissues, according to new research. Sounds grim, but this mode of death was actually a blessing in disguise, given the alternatives.