Living with volcanoes

On Demand (IF 2020)

38 minsPWYD

Talk | Black History Month, Geology, Literature & Poetry, Travel & Geography

It is 40 years since the eruption of Mount St Helens in USA, 25 years since the Soufriere Hills Volcano began erupting on the Caribbean island of Montserrat and 10 years since ash from an Icelandic eruption shut down Europe’s airspace. This illustrated presentation shares the stories of eyewitnesses to understand how volcanoes erupt, how they affect people, and how communities can learn to live with volcanoes as their neighbours.

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17 October 2020 at IF Oxford



Professor David Pyle is a volcanologist at the University of Oxford who has worked on volcanoes around the world, most recently in Ethiopia, the Caribbean and Latin America. He was part of the team who created Volcanoes Top Trumps, and recently ran the ‘Volcanoes’ exhibition in Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries.


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