36 Hours of Glaciers and Steam in Iceland

I just visited Iceland for the first time! But, due to airport chaos, I was only there for exactly 36 hours. Here's what I learned from my short trip, camping out on ice and dunking myself in the country's steaming hot springs. » 2/02/15 4:00pm 2/02/15 4:00pm

What It's Like To Fly Over Iceland's Headline-Making Active Volcano

Why not hop into a tiny plane with a design rooted in the 1950s and fly right over an active volcano? Specifically, Iceland's headline-making Bárðarbunga glacier-melter? » 9/10/14 1:54pm 9/10/14 1:54pm

Volcanic Ash Can Choke A Jet Engine

An Icelandic volcano is in the news again. In 2010, it was Eyjafjallajökull, which caused the cancelation of over 100,000 flights and cost airlines $1.7 billion. This time, it's Bardarbunga. An eruption of Bardarbunga could potentially disrupt flights once again, as well as melt the glaciers under which it resides. » 8/21/14 11:15am 8/21/14 11:15am

Driving In A Volcano's Fallout Looks Like The Apocalypse

You know those end of the world movies when the asteroid hits New York City, or the kaiju demolishes Hong Kong? There's always a shot of cars driving around frantically in the falling ashes. This is what it would look like to be one of those cars. » 8/19/13 11:18am 8/19/13 11:18am

Mount Vesuvius caused more Allied bomber losses than a Nazi air raid

The Italian Campaign of World War II happened to coincide with the last major eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Bad news for the 340th Bombardment Group of the US Army Air Forces, which happened to be based at Pompeii Airfield at the time of the eruption. Yeah. That Pompeii. » 11/21/11 4:30pm 11/21/11 4:30pm

How Volcanic Ash Can Kill An Airplane

As volcanic ash spreads from an eruption under a glacier in the Eyjafjallajokull region of Iceland, the British have taken the drastic step of locking down the country's airspace. Here's why. » 4/15/10 9:00am 4/15/10 9:00am