Celebrating two hundred years since the devastating eruption of Indonesia's Mount Tambora, this week we explore the science of volcanoes. We find out what causes volcanoes, we ask whether eruptions can be predicted, how we can keep people safe, and we re-create the physics of an eruption in the laboratory...
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What are volcanoes more common in certain places, what triggers and eruption, and can volcanic activity be predicted...?
Eruptions are dramatic events that tear apart mountains. But what is actually going on inside an erupting volcano?
Falling ash and scorching pyroclastic flows are the most dangerous
elements of an eruption. How do they work?
Millions of people live close to volcanoes, but what danger are they in, and
are there any long term health effects caused by volcanoes?