Science: A Case of Earthly Indigestion

Two volcanoes are blowing their tops

Incandescent lava will cover our swamps, our reeking cities, our fields, our flowering hills; it will destroy the contours of that soil we persist in calling "ours."

Absurdist Playwright Eugène Ionesco is known for his use of logic taken to farcical extremes. But even without 20-20 apocalyptic vision, it is possible to imagine the world ending in an enormous eruption. Of all the demonstrations of nature's awesome power, few are as dramatic as active volcanoes.

Thera, which erupted in 1500 B.C., blew the top off the Greek isle of...

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