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NOVA: Volatile Earth

Airs Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 from 9-11 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 14 from 1-3 p.m. on KPBS TV + Sunday, Oct. 14 from 9-11 p.m. on KPBS 2

Jeff Johnson descending into crater. The Virunga mountains in the Democratic ...

Credit: Courtesy of Will Edwards / BBC

Above: Jeff Johnson descending into crater. The Virunga mountains in the Democratic Republic of Congo are home to two of the most dangerous, spectacular, and least understood volcanoes in the world.

In this one-night, two-part NOVA special, an intrepid international team of volcano experts climb up to their summits, perilously close to their gigantic craters, to deploy innovative imaging and remote sensing techniques.

“Volcano On Fire”

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Climb with volcano experts to the summit of Nyiragongo, a highly active volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Twice in recent memory it has erupted, devastating Goma, a neighboring city of 1 million people. To investigate when it might erupt next, scientists climb into its crater toward a bubbling lava lake to deploy sensors and monitor the volcano’s activity.

The Virunga mountains in the Democratic Republic of Congo are home to two of the most dangerous, spectacular, and least understood volcanoes in the world.

An intrepid international team of volcano experts climb up to their summits, perilously close to their gigantic craters, to deploy innovative imaging and remote sensing techniques.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Jonathan Renouf / BBC

Aldo Kane on one of many descents into the crater.

They’re seeking clues to the forces at work deep beneath the volcanoes that are splitting East Africa apart, to predict when the next devastating eruptions could occur and to save the lives of large numbers of people who live in the shadow of these monsters.

“Volcano On The Brink”

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Explore Nyamuragira, one of the world’s most active and mysterious volcanoes in Africa. Decades of civil strife have prevented scientists from investigating the volcano, but a brief pause allows an international team of experts to fly by helicopter to the summit to investigate. Discover the volcano’s hidden dangers, and probe whether magma pressure is building up to threaten another eruption.

Join a team of volcanologists as they explore one of the world’s most active and mysterious volcanoes in central Africa: Nyamuragira.

Learn what feeds it frequent eruptions and see the region’s other hidden, life-threatening volcanic dangers.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Prof Christopher Jackson / BBC

Expedition member Benoit Smets studying Nyiragongo's vast lava lake.  

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A NOVA production for WGBH Boston. Senior Executive Producer is Paula S. Apsell.

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