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How Cosmic Rays Can Image the Throat of an Active Volcano

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posted on Jan, 2 2012 @ 10:51 AM
Cosmic-ray muons that pass through Mount Vesuvius could reveal the interior structure, potentially indicating when the deadly volcano will next erupt.

The volcano that buried Pompeii in 79 A.D. still rumbles deep down. Last erupting in 1944, Mount Vesuvius poses an ever-present threat to the Italian populations around Naples. Whether the volcano will erupt in Pompeiian proportions again is a question that preoccupies scientists monitoring it, as they hope to predict when Vesuvius will blow and provide adequate warning time.

There is a good video clip of the upcoming NOVA program on the link above. Unfortunately, I cannot embed the video. This should be an interesting program that I will definately have to see. NOVA is one of the few shows that I ever even turn my tv on to watch.

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