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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 ...

Seeing Aurora in Auckland, New Zealand

As we head towards the solar maximum - the period of the greatest solar activity during the Sun's solar cycle - the chances of spotting Aurora right now are good. As solar activity ramps up, dazzling displays of light are being seen in more places ...

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 ...

Cyclone Gabrielle Chase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLE9eQZynE0 Generally one or two extra-tropical cyclones impact New Zealand each season. I've chased many of them around the country over the years. Most bring rainfall and heavy winds, but widespread impacted is limited. Cyclone Gabrielle was the BIG exception and was one of the deadliest ...

Auckland Floods

Incredible scenes in Auckland as an unprecedented amount of rain falls on the city causing widespread flooding and multiple deaths. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui_h3cPMS74 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhqgJsC-GBU