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Journey Into an Active Volcano

Journey Into an Active Volcano

On the brink of a new age of discovery, Sam Cossman is redefining the art of exploration by leveraging technology and innovation as a force for good.

Sir William Hamilton

Sir William Hamilton, British diplomat, collector of antiquities, and student of volcanoes, was born Dec. 13, 1730. Hamilton was an envoy to Naples for many years, where he observed several eruptions of Mt. Vesuvius, which was especially active between 1760 and 1767,...

Rogier Verbeek

Rogier Verbeek, a Dutch geologist, was born Apr. 7, 1845. On Aug. 27, 1883, Krakatoa, a volcanic island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia, exploded catastrophically (or, as volcanologists say, paroxysmally). There was no photograph of the final...

Antonio Lazzaro Moro

Antonio Lazzaro Moro, an Italian geologist, was born Mar. 16, 1687. Moro was one of the founders of “vulcanism,” the idea that volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the face of the earth. In 1707, Moro, just 20 years old, had been impressed by the...

George Poulett Scrope

George Poulett Scrope, an English geologist, was born Mar. 10, 1797. In the early 1820s, Scrope visited the mountainous region of south-central France, which included areas known as the Auvergne, the Velay, and the Vivarais. Fifty years earlier, French geologist...