volcanos

How Bird Poop Helps Populate A New Volcanic Island With Life

How Bird Poop Helps Populate A New Volcanic Island With Life

In 2013, a new island was born off the coast of Japan. While some of these islands formed by volcanic eruptions are only temporary, Nii-jima (“new neighbour” in Japanese) kept growing, eventually consuming the nearby island of Nishino-shima as well. Now the entire landmass is coated in fresh lava just…

Scientists Are Dropping Explosives All Over Mount St Helens On Purpose

Scientists Are Dropping Explosives All Over Mount St Helens On Purpose

What could go wrong with setting off explosives all around an active volcano? As scary as it might sound, this is a carefully planned experiment to peer inside Mount St. Helens’ mysterious underground magma chamber. No, we aren’t blasting the volcano open, but the induced seismicity will let geologists finally…