Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts with dramatic lava fountains

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted beginning Sunday (Dec. 20) night local time, with dramatic lava fountains and huge puffs of gas and steam being launched from the summit crater called Halemaʻumaʻu, the Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO), part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), reported. Though the shield volcano is one of Earth’s most active volcanoes, constantly […]

Ancestral Puebloans melted ice in lava tubes to survive droughts

During a parched summer almost 2,000 years ago, people living in what is now western New Mexico crawled into the cold, dark belly of a volcanically formed cave to melt the frozen water at its heart. The ice preserved in these naturally cool formations might have helped Ancestral Puebloans in the region persevere through five […]

Geoscientists discover Ancestral Puebloans survived from ice melt in New Mexico lava tubes

USF geosciences professor Bogdan Onac is pictured with ice deposit in New Mexico. Credit: University of South Florida For more than 10,000 years, the people who lived on the arid landscape of modern-day western New Mexico were renowned for their complex societies, unique architecture and early economic and political systems. But surviving in what Spanish […]

Supersonic winds, rocky rains forecasted on lava planet

At the center of the large illuminated region there is an ocean of molten rock overlain by an atmosphere of rock vapour. Supersonic winds blow towards the frigid and airless nightside, condensing into rock rain and snow, which sluggishly flow back to the hottest region of the magma ocean. Credit: Julie Roussy, McGill Graphic Design […]