Fire and ice: What makes volcanoes dangerous?
Presenter: Hugh Tuffen
Published: December 2012
Age: 14-19 and upwards
Views: 1460 views
Source/institution: Royal Society
Some volcanoes are gentle, others inconvenient, and others still, deadly. What makes volcanic eruptions explosive? What happens when volcanoes are covered in ice, as in Iceland or Chile – and what happens when the ice melts? Dr Hugh Tuffen has visited volcanoes across the world – from the long-extinct Scafell Pike in the Lake District to Chile, New Zealand and Japan. As a Royal Society Research Fellow at Lancaster University, he is researching these questions to help predict future volcanic activity. In this talk, he’ll discuss how we understand what makes volcanoes deadly.