Chaos – why the weatherman can never be (exactly) right

Matt Brown Chaos is a fundamental feature of many physical systems – the atmosphere primary among them – that places a strict limit on the predictability of those systems. For the atmosphere this has obvious consequences, namely that we cannot accurately predict local weather beyond about a week. Edward Lorenz was the first to discover... Continue Reading →

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“San Francisco is going to get hit again and it’s going to be an even bigger monster this time…” ‘San Andreas’ movie, 2015

Rellie Goddard It’s an odd thing to admit, but I’m obsessed with faults. Irrespective of their shape or size, I find the deformation that manifests the movement of our continental plates fascinating (though I’d prefer them if they didn’t result in a humanitarian crisis). The San Andreas Fault is perhaps one of the most famous... Continue Reading →

So hot right now: A tale of two lovers

Amber L. Madden-Nadeau Popocatepetl - more colloquially known as “Popo” – means “smoking mountain” and is an active volcano just 60 km from Mexico City (Figure 1) with 20 million people living within this catchment area. It stands right next to Iztaccihuatl or “Izta”, an extinct volcano with multiple peaks. Iztaccihuatl means “white woman”, with... Continue Reading →

So Hot Right Now: Volcanology 101

Amber L. Madden-Nadeau A volcano is defined as “a naturally occurring vent or fissure at the Earth's surface through which erupt molten, solid, and gaseous materials”.  Volcanoes come in many different shapes and sizes and have many different eruptive styles. They are most often found on the margins of the tectonic plates that comprise the Earth’s crust... Continue Reading →

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