New analysis techniques unearth a trove of unusual minerals

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Nataliyamalikite was discovered in Kamchatka’s Avacha Volcano, which emits sulfurous vapor that’s high in thallium.YURI SMITYUK/GETTY IMAGES

THE LANDSCAPE OF Kamchatka Peninsula steams with sulfurous vapor, its 29 active volcanoes forming a hazy backdrop for the region’s herds of reindeer and rivers of salmon. One of the most geologically active places in the world, Kamchatka juts out from the eastern coast of Russia to resemble a larger version of Florida. A process almost like alchemy occurs here: Like a set of roiling cauldrons, Kamchatka’s volcanoes mix unusual combinations of atomic elements to forge minerals that are unlike anything anywhere else in the world.

And in the past few years, researchers have discovered several new minerals on Kamchatka. “They pop up by accident,” says Joël Brugger, a geologist at Monash University in Australia, who helped discover a new mineral on the peninsula called nataliyamalikite in 2017. “You just have to keep your eyes open.” Researchers don’t set out to make these discoveries, usually. Instead, they stumble upon new minerals during their studies of broader geologic processes that might, for example, cause rare metals to collect in unusually large concentrations in a specific volcano.

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House built on top of a volcano

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House built on a Southern Calif. volcano.

Not every day you come across a unique home that looks like a UFO.  And you certainly wouldn’t come across one that is built on top of a volcano.  But there is a curious dwelling located between Las Vegas and Los Angeles that is sitting atop a volcano.  To be precise, the home is located in Newberry Springs, CA on top of a volcanic cinder cone. (Pics)

 

 

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Amazing Photos of the Puyehue Volcano Eruption in Chile

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Puyehue Volcano

A violent eruption of a volcano in the Caulle Cordon of southern Chile occurred on June 4th.   The volcano was billowing smoke and ash high into the sky and prompting more than 3,500 people living nearby to evacuate and forcing cancellation of flights. Ash and gas continued to billow from the earth over the weekend. (Pics)

 

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Why Can’t Planes Fly Near Volcanic Ash? A (Very) Brief Look At Engine Failure

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Ash does not blast.

Nearly a week into the volcanic ash crisis plaguing swaths of Europe, passengers and airlines alike are starting to tire of the restricted airspace. The haunting cloud drifting thousands of feet above Earth’s surface is often invisible to the naked eye both at ground level and high into the reaches of the troposphere, causing many to wonder how this material could impact a flight. Could all of these microscopic particles of ash really be that big of problem?

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Chefs Prepare Dinner on the Hot Lava of a Volcano in Iceland

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Romantic dinner in the shadow of the Fimmvorduhals volcano

There is absolutely no dearth of ways to make someone feel special. Culinary art is just one of them. Various means have been devised to prepare scrumptious and tempting cuisines to satiate gastronomical palates, but nothing like this has ever been done before. Chefs from Holt hotel hosted a romantic dinner for a Dutch couple in the shadow of Fimmvorduhals volcano in middle of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland.  (Pics)

 

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First Ever Images Of Deep-Sea Volcanic Eruption

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Blast: A plume of sulphur and molten lava erupts from the West Mata Volcano
nearly 4,000 feet beneath the Pacific Ocean, south of Samoa
Scientists have witnessed the eruption of a deep-sea volcano for the first time ever, capturing on video the fiery bubbles of molten lava as they exploded 4,000 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

Researchers are calling it a major geological discovery after a submersible robot witnessed the eruption during an underwater expedition in May near Samoa.

The high-definition videos were revealed last week at a geophysics conference in San Francisco.

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NASA Monitoring Inside Mount St. Helens Volcano

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Sensors are being placed inside and around the mouth of Mount St. Helens.

Scientists have placed high-tech “spiders” inside and around the mouth of Mount St. Helens, one of the most active volcanoes in the United States. Networks such as these could one day be used to respond rapidly to an impending eruption.

 

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Amazing NASA Photo Of A Volcanic Eruption

Amazing NASA Photo Of A Volcanic Eruption

Photo of volcanic eruption taken from space 

A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev Volcano (Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, and it is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island. Prior to June 12, the last explosive eruption occurred in 1989, with eruptions in 1986, 1976, 1954, and 1946 also producing lava flows. Ash from the multi-day eruption has been detected 2,407 kilometers east-southeast and 926 kilometers west-northwest of the volcano, and commercial airline flights are being diverted away from the region to minimize the danger of engine failures from ash intake.

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