To Safely Study Volcanoes, Scientists Bring The Blast To Them #MakerEducation
Great piece from NPR on how scientists best come to understand volcanic activity.
Volcanoes have been crucial to life on earth. Oozing lava helped form our planet’s land masses. Gases from volcanoes helped create our atmosphere. But despite the growing field of volcanology, there’s still a lot we don’t understand about volcanic eruptions.
That’s partly because volcanoes aren’t easy to study. Getting the right equipment into remote locations under unpredictable circumstances can be difficult. More important, studying active volcanos can be dangerous.
Which is why a group of 40 scientists and engineers from all over the world came together to simulate volcanic eruptions. We tagged along with them as they conducted their experiments at the University at Buffalo’s Geohazards Field Station, a former ballistics test site for military weapons in upstate New York.
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