What on Earth Is Water Doing in Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano?

What on Earth Is Water Doing in Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano?

But they won't know for sure until they sample it, which could entail a helicopter and a bucket on a rope (ain't science grand).WIRED sat down with Don Swanson, a geologist with the USGS, to learn more about why Kilauea's been transforming of late, why it's not going to blow Hawaii to pieces, and why it's good news that the volcano's lava is a bit runny.

New Analysis Techniques Unearth a Trove of Unusual Minerals

New Analysis Techniques Unearth a Trove of Unusual Minerals

“But the number of discoveries is increasing.” To qualify as new minerals, these materials must be never-before-seen natural combinations of one or more elements in solid form, arranged in a repeating structure.

Weatherwatch: Charles Keeling's CO2 curve shows drastic rise in 60 years

Weatherwatch: Charles Keeling's CO2 curve shows drastic rise in 60 years

His first measurements in 1958 showed 315 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 in the atmosphere, and what caught him by surprise was that every year after that the levels of CO2 rose relentlessly in an upward curve, thanks to the carbon pollution pumped into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Global warming to lead to more volcano eruptions, researchers warn

Global warming to lead to more volcano eruptions, researchers warn

Mr Roberti continued: “This is the first time this has happened there – so the equilibrium of the mountain is changing.“We see a correlation between high temperature, ice melting and landslides.“Today’s increasing temperature is likely to cause other large landslides.”