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NOVA: Volatile Earth

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.
Courtesy of Will Edwards / BBC
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.

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

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”

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.

Aldo Kane on one of many descents into the crater.
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”

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.

Expedition member Benoit Smets studying Nyiragongo's vast lava lake.  
Courtesy of Prof Christopher Jackson / BBC
Expedition member Benoit Smets studying Nyiragongo's vast lava lake.  

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Credits:

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