Skip to comments.Scientist gets too close to boiling lava from volcano
Posted on 07/19/2011 7:36:09 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper
19 July 2011 Last updated at 00:07 ET Help A scientist tries to get a lava sample from Mount Nyiragongo in Africa's Great Rift Valley, but gets too close to the boiling lake.
Dr Dario Tedesco, from the University of Naples, one of the world's leading authorities on the volcano, tries to alert the scientist whose life is at risk.
Mount Nyiragongo is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Scientists want to take lava samples from volcanoes because it can give vital clues about what is happening deep inside the planet.
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
“Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!”
Strangely worded headline. I interpreted it to mean that scientists in the lab had a beaker of lava heating over a Bunsen burner and it was getting close to the boiling point.
I'm sorry....I'd fire the guy. I don't want "stupid" working for me.
About twenty years ago, one of the leading “field” volcanologists led a group of scientists into a smoking caldera, where it promptly blew up, killing several and badly injuring many more.
looks like we have our next XGames contest!
Narrator sounds like Richard Hammond - one of the “Top Gear” co-hosts and frequent BBC narrator.
Xtreme Lava Sampling....lol!
Yes, "gets too close" implies something happened. But the scientist got away in time. He appeared unharmed and got his suit off without trouble.
He definitely took a risk as scientists typically do, but I don't think this justifies the Journalistic Hype "gets too close".
I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole.
There certainly are... Hey, Bob! Scoop me up some lava, would ya'?
The text under the video provides a useful clue:
Find out more about volcanoes in Richard Hammond's Journey To... The Centre of the Planet on Tuesday 19 July, 2100 BST on BBC One.
We already know how volcano's work. Grant money everywhere!!!
when it comes to warming, think globally and what ever you do, don’t act locally next to a volcano!
Wholy balls of molten lava Batman!!! Thats HAWT!
If you like volcanos, see ‘ On Volcanos of the World’, 4 part series.
Discovery or NatGeo,or Smithonian. (don’t recall which one )
Fantastic photography. This volcano included along with about 6 others.
Is that the incident that killed that husband-wife volcano
photographers as well?
About 25 years ago, I did the Rotorua tour, and the they warned us
to stay on the path, "as six months ago, a US geologist that
should have known better, got too close to a mud pit, partially
slipped into it, and is still recovering."
Could have been a scare story, but with a legitimate purpose, though...
He was maneuvering to stick about a 1m long probe into a rivulet of
fairly fresh lava, and his overseer said "..and try to keep the probe
moving, or you'll never get it out, and they cost $XXX..."
Yepper, just call me Captain Oblivious. In my defense, I need the text size large so that bit was still below my view. Still it does show that I may need to reduce my Top Gear addiction for now.
An interview that explains some of why they study the lava:
I believe that couple were a French husband and wife team, and they died in Japan. I think it was the pyroclastic flow that killed them. IOW’s, the superheated air that cascaded down the mountain, not the lava.
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