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Nature creates many breathtaking displays, but few are as awe-inspiring as an erupting volcano, spewing flame, lava, and mud in vivid evidence that Earth is a living planet. Volcanologists are prepared to drop everything at a moment's notice and rush to the scene of the latest rumblings to study and photograph these phenomena. Perhaps the most famed were France's Maurice and Katia Krafft, who this National Geographic special followed to a half-dozen or so eruptions, filming them at work. The result is a video filled with stunning shots - many taken by Maurice Krafft - of lava pouring down mountainsides, dark gaseous plumes blotting out the sun, and mud slowly burying everything in its path.

Watching the Kraffts paddling about in a rubber boat in a volcanic crater lake of sulfuric acid, descending into an active volcano, or dashing into a lava flow to retrieve samples leaves viewers wondering just what type of daredevil would undertake such risks in the name of science. Their aim was to educate the more than 500,000,000 people living in the shadows of active volcanoes around the world of the dangers. "Volcanoes can kill sometimes," Maurice Krafft commented in 1989. These words proved prophetic - two years later, the Kraffts perished in the eruption of Japan's Mt. Unzen. This video and their many books are their legacy.
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Author:Rothenberg, Robert S.
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
Article Type:Video Recording Review
Date:Sep 1, 1993
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