Tiny bubbles shed light on massive volcanic eruptions

New research clears up a longstanding question about explosive volcanic eruptions like the ones at Mount St. Helens in 1980.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Jan. 20, 2021 ~8 min

Magnetism of Himalayan rocks reveals the mountains' complex tectonic history

Earth's magnetic field locks information into lava as it cools into rock. Millions of years later, scientists can decipher this magnetic data to build geologic timelines and maps.

Craig Robert Martin, Ph.D. Student in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology • conversation
Nov. 2, 2020 ~9 min

Pressure in ‘plumbing’ could predict when volcanoes will blow

There may be a way for scientists to predict when volcanoes will erupt by closely monitoring pressure changes, researchers say.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
July 29, 2019 ~5 min

‘Crystal clocks’ used to time magma storage before volcanic eruptions

The molten rock that feeds volcanoes can be stored in the Earth’s crust for as long as a thousand years, a result which may help with volcanic hazard management and better forecasting of when eruptions might occur.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 18, 2019 ~5 min

Team investigates lava tubes as potential moon shelter

A new model helps "assess whether similar lava tubes on the moon or Mars would be capable of hosting a permanent human habitat."

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
July 17, 2019 ~4 min

Watch an explosive showdown between lab-made lava and water

"Understanding basic processes having to do with volcanoes will ultimately help us make better forecasting calls when it comes to eruptions."

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Dec. 10, 2018 ~8 min