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When volcanoes attack

Surely by now you’ve seen The Big Picture, The Boston Globe’s large-format photo blog. Pretty much every entry is worth a peek. Here’s one on recent volcanic activity.


Photo by Cyrus Read/AVO/USGS

What does this have to do with climate change? Hm. Well, volcanoes release a lot of CO2, although the amounts are insignificant in comparison to human activities. Or how about this: the climate system and atmosphere have been memorably described as a “great ocean of air,” and plumes of smoke rising from volcanoes help to reveal, in microcosm, the forces and currents at work. How’s that for relevance? Look, pretty pictures!


Photo by Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center

The series has 15 photos total. Hint: go to the page and press F11 (if you use Windows) to put the browser in full screen mode.

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