SITE VISIT: Hotter Than Hell

Science  03 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5373, pp. 7e
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5373.7e

Oozing lava sizzles the pages of VolcanoWorld (volcano.und.edu/), a sprawling hot spot on the Web spewing out data on hundreds of volcanoes, from Kilauea to Kilimanjaro. The site chronicles eruptions around the world (and a few other places in the solar system) and offers maps and info on cones and calderas, lava type, plume size, and age. VolcanoWorld also showcases movies and gorgeous images of eruptions and lava flows collected by satellites and earthbound passers-by. Along with a hyperlinked glossary and educational features like Today in Volcano History (Etna erupted on 1 July 1614), there's a searchable bibliography of the Bulletin of Volcanology. Visitors can also sign up for e-mail alerts on eruptions, says project director Chuck Wood, a volcanologist at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, whose group built the 3-year-old site with magma-nimous support from NASA. Other nuggets nestled among the site's 10,000 pages, which attract nearly a million visitors a year: the oddly named “Kick-'em-Jenny” submarine volcano near Grenada; a photo of floating pumice from Krakatau; and even an account of New Agers finding “harmonic convergence” at Mount Shasta, California.

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