"Volcanic activity is a constant global threat. It’s estimated over 1 billion
people live within the potential, direct impact range of volcanic eruptions.
Just recently, lava flows from the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo, a volcano in
the Democratic Republic of Congo, killed 32 people, with many more missing.
Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee the city of Goma.
This shows why understanding more about the inner workings of volcanoes is
critical to improve the safety of those living in their shadows.
As a volcano scientist, my research takes me across Australia and all over the
world. But sometimes, the most stunning revelations actually occur in the lab.
I take a microscopic look at volcanic rocks and fragments of the Earth’s mantle
to estimate just how fast molten rock (magma) moves from deep in the Earth to
the surface. This can help us prepare for future eruptions."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics