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Chapter 11 - Mount Erebus



Did you know there is a live volcano near McMurdo? It is called Mt. Erebus and it erupts all the time. It doesn't explode like Mount St. Helens because it has an open crater lake, but the lava is always boiling and bubbling. Lots of volcanologists come to McMurdo to study Mt. Erebus.


Sometimes it has a bigger eruption (called a strombolian eruption) and sends out big hunks of lava that fall outside the crater rim. These are called "strombolian or lava bombs". They had a display of some of these at Crary so we went to look at them.


They also had a live webcam at Crary that let us look inside the crater. OzGold loved this. He looked at lots of the movies of eruptions too. You can watch the webcam too, if you have time at the Mt. Erebus Volcano Observatory. Sometimes the live video can take quite a while to load.

 
   

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