It looks like a giant fire scaled dragon snaking its body across the scorched Earth. Or like the fire brick road that leads you into Mordor. Any way my imagination tries to spin it, the reality is that it looks awesome. And the reality is that it’s drone footage from Iceland of flowing lava from a volcano that…
Pixar’s geological love story Lava isn’t just meant to evoke the tropical islands of Hawaii; it’s actually inspired by a real underwater volcano off the coast of the Big Island. We spoke to the short film’s director and learned about the real geology simmering beneath Lava.
Calbuco, a stratovolcano in southern Chile, began erupting yesterday at 7pm local time. First spewing massive ash clouds then, at 10pm, erupting explosively as its fragile structure collapsed inwards. Here’s all the stunning imagery and video; we’ll keep it updated as this develops. You can see it from space!
Last week, along with other members of the press, we were invited to Pixar to watch the studio's latest short, Lava, and the first hour of the new feature Inside Out. We were delighted with what we saw: an incredibly ambitious film that maintain's Pixar's emotional core while introducing us to some fascinating ideas.
Will intergalactic visitors prove a boon to supporters of Hawaii's independence movement? Sovereignty group Lawful Hawaiian Government hopes so ... and they've constructed a UFO landing pad and "Star Visitor Center" on a rocky Big Island lava field, to welcome alien guests.
Once lava from an erupted volcano starts moving, it tends to keep moving that way, regardless of what we want. But Hawaiian researchers have figured out some ways to redirect a lava stream away from you or your property — even if the eruption goes on for several months.
Definitely don't try this at home (or if you happen across a volcanic vent), but if you've ever wondered what would happen if you pressed down on hot lava, this video is a must-watch. It's a great lesson in how the reality of lava differs from the way many people think of the substance.
Our hearts have forever been melted by the giant singing volcano from Pixar's new short, Lava. This is but a mere glimpse, but we're already charmed.
A third challenger has appeared in the perennial throwdown between gas and charcoal grilling: Freaking LAVA.
You're looking at the first rendered image from Lava, the animated short from Pixar slated to premier next week at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan.
An animation of a tiny volcano trying to impress its larger peers with an eruption seems like a flight of fancy, but it's really a hidden lesson in volcano morphology. The difference parallels the distinction between tiny-yet-enthusiastic cinder cones and intimidating stratovolcanoes .
Amateur photographer Kawika Singson routinely ventures out to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to snap some pics. But this time around, after setting up his equipment on a lava flow, his shoes and tripod caught fire. The photo has since gone viral — but is it real?
It's difficult for geologists to witness the flow of lava on snow- and ice-covered volcanos, so researchers with the Syracuse University Lava Project decided to create their own simulation, melting 300 kg of lava and pouring it over ice to watch the effects.
Suppose you've been given a few weeks to live, but you've decided you don't want to spend your last days in a hospital bed. What if you decide, "Today is a good day to die," in a suitably stentorian Klingon voice? And you want a method of self-annihilation that's both interesting and nearly pain-free?
In my eternal quest to find a massive optical illusion to rival the famous Face of Mars, we may have finally found a winner. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Elephant of Mars, as spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Billions of years ago, Mercury was choked in unimaginable amounts of lava. About six percent of the entire planet was covered in the lava of a single volcanic maelstrom. Not bad considering we weren't even sure Mercury had volcanoes.
What a difference giant volcanic ash makes. Watch the skies change completely in this time-lapse video, showing air traffic returning to normal after being grounded due to the volcano. It gets pretty busy up there.