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Drones help scientists study Guatemalan volcanoes

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A team of volcanologists and engineers from the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol has collected measurements from directly within volcanic clouds, together with visual and thermal images of inaccessible volcano peaks at Volcán de Fuego and Volcán de Pacaya in Guatemala.

Collected by a custom fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the data may help researchers better understand what’s going on inside volcanoes, as well as help them predict the timing and size of future eruptions. Dr. Emma Liu narrates as the drone flies through the clouds, approaching these geological wonders as they erupt.

Next: Flying over Yasur Volcano as it erupts, time lapse eruption videos of Chile’s Calbuco Volcano, Eruption at Iceland’s Bardabunga Volcano, and Building a Volcano-bot.

via Gizmodo.

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