Expedition Volcano

View into the lava lake inside the crater of Nyiragongo volcano, Congo

  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building

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The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences organises a regular series of research seminars throughout the academic year to which everyone is welcome to attend. Speakers - both external and internal to the University - will talk on topics related to all aspects of Earth Sciences.

Today's speaker is Professor Chris Jackson from Imperial College London.
In June 2017, 15 scientists and BBC film crew travelled to Nyiragongo, one of the largest and most active volcanoes with the largest permanent lava lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Posing a permanent threat to the city of Goma (population >1million), Nyiragongo last erupted in 2002, and has been intermittently active ever since. Chris will describe the overall geological setting of this lethal yet mysterious volcano. Chris will show footage and photography taken from the volcano summit and deep within the crater, showing the volcanoes structure, and the unusual chemistry and physical properties of its lava. Transmitted on BBC2 in October 2017, Expedition Volcano discussed study of this fascinating yet devastating natural wonder, the threat it poses to the nearby people, and the wealth and conflict it has brought to this turbulent region.

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