The Giant’s Causeway

As the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom, the Giant’s Causeway sits right on the coast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Lightning During A Hawaiian Volcano Eruption

In July 2008, the ocean entry plume at Kalapana, Hawaii erupted with a spectacular display of lava, ash, and dark-clouded fury. But within those eruption clouds was something else entirely: Lightning. Apparently, this is a fairly common phenomenon, though it’s rare in Hawaii. It occurred due to “unusually dry conditions.” The lightning is clearly visible, …

Photo: Popocatépetl’s Activity Increases

Mexico’s Popocatépetl has been quite active this month, spewing ash and prompting officials to raise the volcanic alert level “to five on a seven-point scale.” The earth has also been rumbling near the volcano, perhaps an ominous foreshadowing of things to come. “‘There was a strong humming sound all night… it’s roaring,’ said Alvaro Perez.” …

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Around the World In 80 Posts: Iceland, At The End Of The World

This is the first entry in a new (and very long) series I’ve decided to call Around The World In 80 Posts. In it, I’ll be looking at various landmarks and curious places around the world, from ancient mysteries to modern wonders. Remember, though: Posts, not days. I have my limits. For our first stop, …

Ends Of The World: The Toba Catastrophe Theory

Sometime around 70,000 years ago, a massive super eruption occurred at what is now Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia. It was one of the most powerful volcanic explosions in Earth’s history. In fact, some believe it caused a catastrophic volcanic winter that killed most life on Earth, reducing the entire human population to a few thousand individuals. Not …