Jun
22

From Earth to the Solar System

Hell on Earth. Bumpass Hell is a hydrothermal (hot water) area in California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. Groundwater heated by hot magma below the surface forms steam that vents through fumaroles, condenses to form boiling springs, and decomposes the surrounding volcanic rock to create bubbling mud pots. The beautiful, pastel palette of colors arises from… Continue reading From Earth to the Solar System

Jun
20

Blast from the past

In the good old summertime. Elementary school students tended vegetable and flower gardens outside the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum for a summer science project in 1982. (Photo by Chris Capilongo)

Jun
14

From Earth to the Solar System: A lake at the top of the world

The highest volcanic lakes in the world are located in the Andes Mountains of South America. Their elevation and isolation make them some of the least understood lakes on Earth and excellent analogs for lakes that existed on Mars 3.5 billion years ago. Simba Lake, at an elevation of 5,872 meters in the Chilean Andes,… Continue reading From Earth to the Solar System: A lake at the top of the world

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