A month ago, earthquakes below a volcano in Iceland alerted scientists that an eruption was beginning. Ash, fire and lava continue to spout from the Bardarbunga volcano. Use this story, with its sounds of the lava fields, to discuss the science behind volcanos and the risks that this continuous eruption poses for the surrounding community.
From EARTH Magazine -- A complex interaction between lava and water, rather than a fight between mythical troll-beasts of lore, is responsible for the occurrence of rare terrestrial basalt pillars. EARTH Magazine uncovers the truth behind the pillars in the February issue. Despite regional tales of a fight between a pair of angry trolls resulting in the moss-covered basalt pillars, geoscientists from the University at Buffalo have determined that the pillars formed during a rare, nonexplosive lava-water interface during the 1783 eruption at Laki.