This is One Seriously Amazing Volcano Video.

OK, I normally don’t post these kinds of things, but this is pretty damn amazing so I am compelled to share.

After overcoming 35 days of bad weather Geoff Mackley, Bradley Ambrose, and Nathan Berg, became the first to get this close to the lava lake at Marum volcano on Ambrym Island. They were able to descend to about 30 meters (approximately 100feet)  from the lava lake using a respirator Fire and heat resistant suit. Even with this gear, the maximum time that any one of them could stand that close was around 6 seconds. The film was shot from the edge of the volcano rim where they were able remain for about 40 minutes.

Geoff you have more guts than I do, and you shot some really amazing footage. If you are interested in this guys work and he made this, it is available here. Oh  and he licenses this stuff for commercial use if you need solid stock footage of things like Volcanos.

Eyjafjallajoekull vs The Friendly Skies.

Later this week I am flying to France, and now that Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajoekull is starting to calm down, it’s a certainty that I’ll be going. Over at Information Is Beautiful, they posted an interesting graph about how much CO2 is pushed into the atmosphere by both the volcano and the airline industry. Based on the graph, I wonder what the environmental impact would be, if 4 days a month were no fly days world-wide. I have a feeling that the world would reduce CO2 emissions by a number far greater than 206,465 tons.

For full volcano statistics in a less visually appealing form, go here.