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A powerful solar storm has caused a series of flares and eruptions on the sun, leading to potential disruptions in satellite and radio communications on Earth. The storm, which is expected to continue for several days, is the result of a large sunspot that has been growing in size. Scientists are monitoring the situation closely and advising caution for those who rely on technology that could be affected by the storm.

Source: https://apnews.com/article/solar-storm-flares-eruption-sun-fc23251025efc2d20dc128dc0b6a7c68

Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano in the world located in Antarctica, has been found to release gold particles into the atmosphere during its eruptions. Scientists have discovered that the gold dust is created when the volcano’s magma interacts with the surrounding rocks, and is then carried into the air by the force of the eruption. This phenomenon has been observed for the first time and could potentially have implications for understanding the Earth’s geological processes and the distribution of precious metals. However, experts caution that the amount of gold released is minuscule and not enough to be commercially viable.

Read more at: https://nypost.com/2024/04/16/lifestyle/mount-erebus-in-antarctica-spews-gold-dust-into-the-atmosphere/

A new study suggests that the moon may have been turned inside out billions of years ago due to a series of massive volcanic eruptions. This theory is based on data collected from NASA’s GRAIL mission, which mapped the moon’s gravitational field. The eruptions, which occurred on the moon’s far side, may have caused the lunar crust to flip, resulting in the moon’s current asymmetrical shape. This discovery sheds new light on the moon’s geological history and provides insight into the processes that shaped our closest celestial neighbor.

Read more at: https://www.space.com/moon-inside-out-billions-years-ago

Scientists have discovered evidence of what could be the largest explosive eruptions in the Aegean region, dating back to the Bronze Age. The eruptions occurred between 1645 and 1410 BC and may have had a major impact on the ancient civilizations in the area, including the Minoan culture on the island of Santorini. Analysis of layers of ash found in sediment cores from the Aegean Sea provided clues about the magnitude and timing of these eruptions, which were previously unknown. These findings shed new light on the geological history of the region and could have important implications for understanding the potential risks of future volcanic activity in the Aegean.

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Volcanic eruptions in India has been linked to the mass extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, significantly increasing the “chill-factor” previously attributed to the asteroid hypothesis. This theory is bolstered by data from the Deccan Traps, which show the possibility of multiple eruptions being the driving force behind the extinction event. The findings provide valuable insights into the destructive power of volcanic activity and its potential impacts in the future.

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