Lava and Life

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Kilauea’s 2018 eruption gave us some of the most stunning volcanic footage ever seen, a tradition carried on in this BBC footage. As powerful and destructive as lava is, it’s also critical to life as we know it here on Earth. Volcanoes are a piece of the tectonic activity on our planet that drives the carbon cycle, without which we’d have no oceans or breathable atmosphere. It’s tough to imagine the geological scales over which these cycles act, but fortunately, there are numerical simulations to help! (Image and video credit: BBC Earth)

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