Dangerous Descent Into Active Volcano
At the volcano, cameras rolling.That is the position volcanologist Geoff Mackley and her crew were in when dropped in the heart of Marum Ambrym Volcano Island last month, capturing stunning images Mackley proximity to the boiling lava.“Many people might think I’m crazy,” Mackley said on NBC’s “Today”, “but I’ve been doing this for a long time and I’m still alive.”So what is the feeling of being so close to beating the magma of a volcano?PRODUCTION OF THE PLAYER! DO NOT DELETE.“It’s very difficult to describe the heat, but maybe someone who has been near a large fire or incineration plant or something you can feel the radiant heat incredible. Firefighters are known exactly. It’s a thing called radiant heat , and out of the lava, and is very intense. “According to Mackley, you may want to think twice before booking your trip to the crater rim of Marum. First, Ambrym, which is known for its volcanic activity and harvest of yams, is a remote point of land in the South Pacific to the east coast of Australia in the island chain of Vanuatu. After such a long hike or rent a helicopter to approach the volcano, one has to deal with a particularly bad weather.“It may take weeks to find some of the worst weather conditions on the planet,” said Mackley. “This volcano pumps greenhouse gases while creating the climate itself, indeed. Therefore, it is a very nice place.”Moreover, Mackley seem to realize that there is a thrill-seeking segment of the population out there that are like him.“I’m seriously considering trying to make this function to an extreme tourist. I’m sure that people who go there to do that.”Mackley could be on to something. After all, the images of his encounter with the volcano has been viewed nearly 800,000 times on YouTube.