Blue Dot 104: The Fire Within

Jun 29, 2018

In this episode, Dave talks to volcanologist Erik Klemmeti to get us all educated about volcanoes since two have been huge stories in the news. We talk about magmas, lavas and eruption types with the focus on Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano that has been in an intense eruptive episode since early May. Volcano Fuego in Guatamala unleashed an explosive eruption in May that killed dozens of people in a dreaded "pyroclastic flow." Volcanoes invoke primal fascination and are a testament to Earth's classification as a "living planet." California and the Pacific Northwest have volcanoes too that are classified as potentially dangerous leading to the need for the USGS California Volcano Observatory.