Unearthing The Legends, History And Beauty Of An Active Volcano

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Volcanoes are often associated with myths and prophecies. They are hazardous portals of fire inside Earth leading to other disastrous natural catastrophes like tsunamis and earthquakes, yet mankind has always been fascinated with it.

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Sharks can live in underwater volcanoes

Did you know that around 20 percent of all volcanoes are under water?

While studying underwater submarine volcano in the Solomon Island, a group of researchers and engineers from the National Geographic discovered that sharks could happily live in acidic water filled with CO2 and methane. Mission leader for the project, Brennan Phillips told National Geographic that, “Divers who have gotten close to the outer edge of the volcano have had to back away because of how hot it is or because they were getting mild skin burns from the acid water.”

When the team deployed robots with cameras to observe the underwater environment and activity, they were shocked to see sharks of different varieties swimming in acidic hot water.

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Volcano boarding and skydiving into molten ash

Extreme adventurists are always finding new, gut wrenching ways to do something different. 

Nicaragua has become an extremely popular destination for ash boarding/volcano surfing. Hikers climb on top of the mountain and surf down the active volcano by either sitting or standing on a metal board. 

If that wasn't crazy enough, some skydivers are taking it a notch higher by diving into an active volcano. Skydiving into active volcanoes is gaining a lot of popularity in Indonesia.

Myths and science

Did you know that in the medieval period a lot of people believed that volcanoes were gateways into the fiery underworld. But there are also many species that benefit from a volcano, like the Maleo, a bird which uses heat from the warm volcanic sands to nurture and hatch its eggs.

Another famous myth is about the city of Atlantis drowning underneath the waves. This probably derived from the Greek island of Santorini, where portions of land collapsed into the sea after a large volcano erupted in the Bronze Age.

Today many researchers and scientists believe that all the water on our planet was originally expelled into the atmosphere by volcanoes.

The thing is in spite of volcanoes being extremely dangerous, their origins and impact continues to fascinate us. History books and folklore from around the world show our divine fascination towards studying and understanding the impact of volcanoes. Although we might not get a direct glimpse of an active volcano, this time-lapse could be the closest, gorgeous sight, we could indulge in.

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