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Mount Etna blows mesmerizing smoke rings

Mount Etna, Sicily's iconic volcano, is renowned for the formation of seemingly perfect smoke rings. Today, it delivered a mesmerizing performance, producing dozens of near perfectly formed rings. The 'smoke rings' of Etna, while appearing as delicate wisps of smoke, are technically vortex rings. A vortex ...

An overview of Geothermal Mud Features

An overview of Geothermal Mud Features Geothermal regions, characterized by the presence of subsurface heat, often present fascinating landscapes sculpted by the interaction of hot water, volcanic gases, and various geological materials. Mud features, including mud pools, mud pots, mud geysers, and mud volcanoes, offer a ...

Ambrym Volcano’s Lava Lakes: A decade of fiery Geology

Ambrym Volcano is a remarkable wonder. Two imposing cones rise within a desert-like caldera and where molten lakes of lava churn within their depths. For the past decade, I’ve explored, studied and documented Ambrym volcano across 15 expeditions. It’s a notoriously difficult place to get ...

Five days on top of the world’s most active volcano

I've just returned from a mini expedition to Vanuatu, spending five days on top of Mount Yasur - the most active volcano in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BavamMXaU6Q Our trip started with a 3 hour flight from Auckland to Port Vila. Passengers are often confused to see they are ...

Is Mount Michael really the 8th lava lake?

In 2001, satellite imagery captured a thermal anomaly deep within Mount Michael’s crater, an active basaltic stratovolcano located on Saunders Island. In 2019 new research detailed further evidence pointing towards a persistent lava lake. But up until this point, no one had managed to reach ...

Expedition Vanuatu 2023

The first to descend into and explore the new volcanic cone of Ambae on Extreme Pursuit's 2023 Expedition to Vanuatu. We had a goal. Three weeks to climb four volcanoes - Yasur, Ambrym, Lopevi and Ambae and complete a world first on each. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1B8HrU14Io To pull off ...

Expedition Indonesia 2022

Three volcanoes, three unbelievable adventures. The world is reopening and our expeditions are again in full swing. It’s a great feeling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMcxQopfG2k Indonesia is home to more volcanoes than any other country in the world. Better still, many of them are active. Prior to Covid we would ...

Expedition Vanuatu 2022

Spending an entire week on top of an active volcano and filming closer than ever before. Vanuatu finally announced the reopening of their borders and with that, Geoff Mackley, Justin Noonan and myself headed to Tanna Island, to spend an entire week at the top of ...

Ruapehu shows ongoing signs of unrest

Last week, Geonet raised Ruapehu's Volcanic Alert Level to Level 2. A new crater lake heating phase has begun, accompanied by strong volcanic seismicity. Ruapehu typically undergoes heating and cooling cycles, reaching upwards of 40°C before cooling to below 20°C. This pattern is not unusual. ...