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NOVA: Killer Volcanoes

Airs Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 at 9 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. on KPBS

Mount Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia.

Credit: Courtesy of Blink Films

Above: Mount Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia.

Join NOVA and a team of volcanologists looking for an elusive volcanic mega-eruption that plunged the medieval earth into a deep freeze. Investigate the geologic evidence from Greenland all the way to Antarctica to identify the 750-year-old culprit.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Blink Films

Franck Lavigne and Jean Christophe Komorowski - Quarry, Lombok, Indonesia.

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Scientists hunt for a mega-eruption that plunged medieval Earth into a deep freeze.

Thrihnukagigur crater is the only place on Earth where the anatomy of a volcano can be studied from the inside. When geologists journeyed into its heart, they discovered that a network of fissures links together distant volcanoes.

In big blockbuster films, all volcanoes look the same: they are huge pointed peaks that violently erupt, destroying everything in their path. While some volcanoes do look like their Hollywood stand-ins, many others do not. In fact, they vary in size, lifespan, and even in the way they erupt. (Posted Jan. 3, 2013 NOVA)

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