The Lava Catcher

A geologist treks to an active volcano to see what happens when opposites collide.

RELATED TAGS: EARTH SCIENCE
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Lava melts ice, right? It seems like a no-brainer, but it’s not quite that simple.

Benjamin Edwards, a geologist at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., has explored scores of volcanoes in British Columbia, Iceland, South America and Russia. His specialty is studying what happens when flowing lava meets ice and snow.

Figuring out this interaction helps Edwards and his team understand a volcano’s climate history and better estimate flooding in nearby communities when snowcapped volcanoes erupt.

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