What: A Volcano opens up in LA. Everyone is surprised (rightly!).
Directed by: Mick Jackson
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann, don Cheadle, Keith David
Featuring guest co-host
Joe Ruppel, history nerd and our co-bff
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Check out this human being melting directly and immediately into mere inches of lava
From the movie!
Experiencing a volcanic shockwave
Holy smokin’ toledos!
What is a volcano?
No, seriously, what is a volcano? A lot of film critics at the time whiffed on this one and at least one or two of us were in the wrong too. Volcano:
A vent or fissure on the surface of a planet (usually in a mountainous form) with a magma chamber attached to the mantle of a planet or moon, periodically erupting forth lava and volcanic gases onto the surface.
La Brea tar pits
Predator/prey capture ratios. Biological activity causing the bubbling and subsequent discovery of a bunch of different bacterai that live in there. Larger things we find fossilized there:
- Sabretooth tigers
- Giant feline
- looooooooads more
The different fault types and which of them tend to manifest volcanoes. Spoiler alert: LA has a transfer fault which is the kind that is really really really unlikely to sprout a volcano under normal conditions.
Major monitoring methods looking out for pending eruptions:
- Seisimic activity
- Groundswell – actual deformation of the landscape from the pressure
Volcanic ash, which is often basically just teeny tiny glass for you to breathe in. Lava temperatures: between holy shit hot and omg holy shit hot. Lava weather systems. Gasses!
Dams! Backwards or otherwise. The Decade List.
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