Popocatepetl: The Restless Mountain
Event type: talk
Location: Attenborough Studio
Volcanoes are often described as having personalities, so what kind of personality does this volcano have?
Glacier-clad Popocatepetl is the second-highest volcano in North America. Named after the Aztec word for 'smoking mountain', this active volcano towers to a height of 5,420 metres and contains a crater 400 x 600 metres wide. Since early 2012, scientists have noticed evidence of its activity increasing, with superheated rock fragments being hurled into the air.
Join Museum researcher Chiara Maria Petrone to discover how scientists can unlock the secrets of some of the most dangerous mountains on Earth.