Here’s Everything We Know About This Sub-Antarctic Lava Lake


You cannot be a super villain if you don’t
have a secret lair inside a volcano. Preferably one with a cauldron of bubbling
lava you can slowly lower 007 into once you finish monologuing at her and leave the room
laughing maniacally, confident in her impending demise. But it turns out that volcanoes with active
lava lakes are incredibly rare. Of the roughly 1,500 active volcanoes worldwide,
we only knew of seven with lakes of bubbling lava. Until July of 2019, when scientists announced
they had found an eighth, and it is the most supervillain-y one yet. It’s called Mount Michael, and it’s located
on one of the South Sandwich Islands about 1,000 miles from Antarctica. The mountain is mostly covered in glacial
ice, perfect for covering in guard wolves with lasers on their heads. No one has ever summited Mount Michael on
account of stratovolcano’s steep sides. If no one’s ever been to the top of the
volcano to peer in, you may be wondering how we know Mount Michael has one of the world’s
few lava lakes. It was only discovered thanks to decades of
satellite imagery. Thermal anomalies were first spotted in the
1990s and again in the early 2000s, but the image quality and processing techniques weren’t
advanced enough to prove there was a lava lake conclusively. But from 2003 to 2018, multiple missions collected
better data allowing researchers to conclude that Mt. Michael was home to a lake of lava
about 70 to 150 meters across, and potentially as hot as nearly 1300 degrees celsius. This volcano is pretty remote, so it doesn’t
pose much danger to anyone, you know besides secret agents. But studying it may help us predict the hazards
posed by other lava lakes, some of which are near populated areas. One such volcano is Kilauea on the big island
of Hawai‘i, and its lava lake contributed to serious destruction as recently as 2018. In late April of that year, it spilled out
from the summit, then a few days later the lake began to drain as magma moved downslope
underground. Eventually the magma broke through the surface,
and by early June over 20 fissures had opened up, dumping lava out in huge quantities. This continued for months, destroying over
700 homes, displacing thousands of people, and blanketing over 35 square kilometers of
land in lava. When volcanoes erupt, it’s not the tsunami
of fire you might imagine and sometimes it’s possible to outrun or even outwalk the molten
rock. When volcanoes do kill it’s likely the avalanches
of rock and ash called pyroclastic flows, or mudflows called lahars that will get you. But another volcano that’s home to a lava
lake has killed with superfast lava. Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic
of the Congo is a steep-sided stratovolcano, periodically containing a lake of particularly
low-viscosity lava that’s currently about 400 meters deep. In 1977, the crater wall holding the lava
lake inside broke, sending lava traveling as fast as 100 kph barreling down the slopes,
destroying nearby villages and taking lives with it. So any new lava lake we discover offers a
chance for further study and clues on how to avoid disasters in the future. We still don’t know why some of them persist,
it could be the lakes are connected to a cache of magma deep underground, or the gases coming
up from underneath are hot enough to keep the rocks molten. It would help if we could find more of them
to study. Some scientists have suggested that we might
have luck discovering them beneath the oceans, where the majority of the world’s volcanism
occurs. If we can only find these 8 lava lakes on
the surface, maybe diving under the waves will be our next step to study this rare phenomenon. Supervillains may be trying to destroy the
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out this video on the mysterious Earth blobs wrapped around the Earth’s core. So, would you live near an active volcano? I bet Dr. Evil makes a terrible neighbor. Let us know in the comments, make sure to
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100 comments

Her???? 007 will never be a woman, no matter what Hollywood and pc culture tries to tell ya 🙂
Good video as always though

I stopped watching the moment he mentioned oo7 was female. The movie's not even out yet. James Bond still male. And the following James Bond will be a man too

007 was a MAN… I'm going to lose this subscription. Plenty of other science channels that don't insert political jabs. Later y'all! Like way Later!!! #answerswithjoe #vsauce #scishow

Please don't remind us about the new 007. Just ruining a franchise that I loved so much. This will be the first bond film that I won't see since On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Please don't get me wrong, I have nothing against women on the big screen or being the main character. But to ruining a beloved franchise to placing "James Bond" aka "Agent 007" as a woman and brush off the fact that 007 is a guy since 1969. It's like saying Batman has been Batwoman all this time and the same for Superman. And I feel sorry for the actor to get the backlash from die-hard fans. For the future of the franchise, are we just gonna have random no name 007's now? Or is it just going to be a coloured woman?

Volcano MT Michel Jackson ? Wow !😯 is he still a live? I thought he is dead 💀. I think like it super bikini 👙 instead of super Mt Michel 😂by the way he is gone baby gone and only left behind is his musical legacy that’s it.

I live near of one of the top 10 active volcanoes in the world however it makes small eruptions constantly so according to the authorities this releases energy that if not could be potentially dangerous due to acumulation. It's close but kind of far enough and there other mountains that in theory could receive the first pyroplastic fluids but one never knows. The city is located at the north and normally the eruptions and pyroplastic fluids goes to south.

Thanks! Can someone please explain to me why they couldn't just drive by on a boat, launch a disposable drone, & take both pictures and temp /etc. readings? Seems the perfect excuse for a little expedition! 𝓡𝓲𝓴𝓴𝓲 𝓣𝓲𝓴𝓴𝓲.

Seeker I'm here for the science/technology news not the politically influenced social activism commentary, I’m thoroughly sick of the politics from both sides, for that I'll watch The Young Turks channel. If I wish to mix both political altruism and technology/science, then I'll watch The Verge channel.

Seeker if you would be so kind please keep the commentary in the scientific and technology realms, thanks.

NordVPN is garbage. Failed me on the first day of use after setting it up with support and everything. Nord VPN is nothing but media hype. All talk and no show. Stop promoting bullshit services and only promote legit ones

I like that you called 007 a "her" ^^ not because of the upcoming movie, but because breaking gender expectations and making people think about it is probably almost always better than not doing it. Why does the role of agent 007 necessarily have to be a man, especially since we're talking Mt. Michael non-canon fan-fiction anyway 😀 ?

First off if i was a super villian. An had captured 007. I wouldn't evil monologue. Thats dumb. I would only do that as a distraction while my men sold my super weapons to other evil people. So basically i already won an im only monologuing for distraction an time wasting. Secondly i wouldn't lower a 007 into a lava lake. Sure it might be funny. But ultimetly i want to win. So a gun shot to the brain 2 times should suffice. An one in the heart. That way i know they are dead.

Lastly why as a super villian would i want a secret volcano lair. Sulfar dioxide posining much. Lung cancer. Being killed in a erruption. No thanks. I would choose a small island or just have my own beach front hotel.

It could be fantastic with Narrators like you can make the complex visualization to the commen people, like a videogame Playing but with a scientifical percpective consumenr of science and eduaction, this can be done with React.js or bert with the WegGl watch this video where they put graphic simulations but i would like an interactive visualization see this video it in italian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6t4OqgCFyM&t=327s

007.. "her"..? That will take a LOT to get used to.. I guess they're getting woke even in lisence to kill.. 🔫👧🗡 Next, Jason Bournete & Jaquelin Reacher take on corupt spy agencies..

Your going to tell me we can take a picture of stars and black holes light years away but cant get a proper pic inside a valcano here on eartg from space lol

Every once in a while I hear about something like this that makes me realize that Nature is pissed off she ever created life.

Trick problem, rarity isn't why a Bond supervillian can't lower her into the lava lake above their hidden lair.

Her? James bond???? Unfollow!! Thanks but don't need your politics and virtue signaling on a science channel.

Calling 007 "her" without a movie been released yet, feels like a widow that didn't even waited the body of her dead husband cool off before dating his friend lol

Can you make an episode about heat resistant eletronics? Which are the limits of our technology when things start to warm up. Not like the sunshields they used in probes to create a 30C shadow.

"You can not be a super villain if you don't have a secret lair under a volcano" – Bill Cosby – "Hold this beer… and drink it…"

I always knew that the presentation of Seeker reminded me of Buzzfeed. Bond is a her now? Confirmed, if you present a video in this way you are an SJW.

It will not be the crook monologing at the female 007 then sinking her into the lava, it will be the crook jumping into the lava himself just to get away from the nagging.

You guys did some major miss reporting on cannabis, rather than actually stating the obvious benefits to cannabis you are Actively buying in to big pharmas anti cannabis agenda, many pregnant women are given tuns of drugs by hospitals that are much less safe than cannabis.

You know 007 was and is a man right? You know that if you call a man a woman it doesn't make you more masculine, right?

Edit why i said Was and Is, os because i disreguards shitty sequels. And sequels that are made simply to cater to new woke audience sfor profit like the new doctor who, the all female Ghostbusters, new female 007, woke starwars, look. You cabt deny it they were/ will be shit, they arent made to be good thay are made to be made quickly with bad cheap writing for profit.

When he called 007 "she" I got the widest grin on my face because I knew people in the comments would be pissing blood

Watching the video, I was overcome with images in my mind of vast catacombs of lava tubes interconnected through and under the Earths crust, encircling the globe.

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