Nature

May 9, 2021

Mesmerizing Short Film Captures Rare Footage of a Volcanic Eruption in Iceland

Volcanic activity is a force of nature that's both terrifying and beautiful. It's also one that few people on Earth get to experience firsthand. Just a few weeks ago, the Fagradalsfjall volcano began erupting on the Reykjanes peninsula near Reykjavík, Iceland, after lying dormant for more than 6,000 years. French director and photographer Stéphane Ridard—newly based in Iceland—quickly seized the opportunity to experience and document such a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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March 30, 2021

Photographer’s Drone Melts Capturing an Incredible Aerial Shot of a Volcanic Eruption

There are around 130 volcanoes in Iceland. Most of them are inactive, but the country has recently been experiencing a rare volcanic eruption in the southwest area of the Reykjanes peninsula. On March 20, 2021, a volcano known as Geldingadalur began erupting, and it’s still spewing out red-hot lava today. The active volcano is currently being monitored, but it’s not considered an immediate threat to the surrounding areas.

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March 7, 2021

Illuminating Film Reveals the ‘Fantastic’ Hidden World of Mushrooms and Mycelium

The incredible film Fantastic Fungi reveals the hidden world of mushrooms and mycelium that lie on and beneath the forest floor. Directed by Louie Schwartzberg—the person behind Netflix’s Moving Art nature series—it features conversations and commentary from a variety of experts in the field; this includes mycologist Paul Stamets, food journalist Eugenia Bone, best-selling author Michael Pollan, and many others. With their help, the film explores the health and environmental benefits that these remarkable plants offer.

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January 26, 2021

Geologists Discover Agate With Cookie Monster Hidden Inside When Split Open

Gems and geodes have ways of surprising us. From rainbow crystals to heart-shaped amethysts, these rocks prove you can never be too sure about what you’ll find when you crack them open. One of the latest unexpected discoveries is a pair of Cookie Monster twins in an agate from Brazil. Gem collector Mike Bowers, with the help of Lucas Fassari, unearthed the rock that the famed Sesame Street character was hiding within.

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