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The test site in Iceland where gases from a geothermal power plant are pumped underground and converted into minerals by reacting with basalt stone. Juerg Matter

Putting CO2 away for good by turning it into stone

Storing waste CO2 in rock? Results from a test site at a geothermal plant in Iceland show that CO2 mixed with water can be turned into minerals in locations with basalt volcanic rock.
Piton de la Fournaise or “Peak of the Furnace” on Reunion Island is one of the world’s most active volcanoes, shown erupting in August 2015. AAP/NewZulu/Vincent Dunogué

Explainer: why volcanoes erupt

What happens beneath the surface before a volcano erupts? Can we predict when one will blow? And how can typhoons and melting glaciers contribute to big eruptions?
Mum’s gone to Iceland. Creatista/Shutterstock

Viking women travelled too, genetic study reveals

The traditional picture of Vikings is one of boatloads of hairy men pillaging their way along the coasts of Europe. Though true to some degree, this stereotype has more recently been tempered with the…
Subglacial Gjalp eruption in 1996. Páll Stefánsson, Iceland Geological Survey

Is Iceland’s next volcanic eruption about to happen?

The Iceland Meteorological Office has increased the risk of an eruption at Bárðarbunga (or Bardarbunga) volcano, after hundreds of earthquakes were reported over the weekend. The risk level has been set…
Iceland was hailed the most feminist country in the world, after the country banned strip clubs in 2010. Image from Shutterstock

The Iceland model: banning pornography or banning freedom?

Iceland has taken a critical step to ban online pornography – and if successful it will be the first Western industrial nation to do so. According to Icelandic interior minister Ogmundur Jonasson, the…
And you think your neighbours are bad: millions live alongside active volcanoes. Smithsonian Institute Global Volcanism Program

Mexico’s smoking giant El Popo lights up again

The Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico is throwing out plumes of smoke and ash, an eruption that threatens the one million inhabitants of the towns and villages nearby. Mexico City, the world’s third largest…

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