How Major Are Volcanoes? with Professor Chris Jackson

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness #249 January 25, 2022

Since 1997, Jonathan has been haunted by a question: could a volcano erupt a la Dante’s Peak and turn a local creek into a river of hot acid? This week, Professor Chris Jackson answers all of Jonathan’s burning questions about how volcanoes are formed, what happens when they erupt, and how Pierce Brosnan’s character in Dante’s Peak would have fared against a real pyroclastic flow.

 

Chris Jackson is Chair in Sustainable Geoscience at the University of Manchester and spent 16 years at Imperial College. Chris works in the general area of sedimentary basin analysis. When not studying rocks, Chris gives geoscience lectures to the public and schools, and he’s appeared on several Earth Science-focused television productions and podcasts. Chris is engaged in efforts to improve equality, diversity, and inclusivity in Higher Education. He runs, too!

You can follow Professor Jackson on Twitter @seis_matters, and on Instagram @christopher.aiden.lee.jackson.

 

Want to learn more about volcanoes?

Dive into resources from the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program here.

Read up on the life and legacy of US Geological Survey volcanologist David Johnston

And check out the work of volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who are the subjects of the documentary feature Fire of Love, playing now at Sundance.

 

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