Be mesmerised by Professor Jackson’s story, be stunned by the original footage and photography of this fascinating yet devastating natural wonder…

Chris Jackson, Professor of Basin Analysis, Department of Earth Science & Engineering Imperial College London

Discover the journey taken by Professor Jackson and BBC crew to Nyiragongo, one of the largest and most active volcanoes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and home to the largest permanent lava lake on Earth.

Posing a permanent threat to the city of Goma, a settlement with >1,000,000 people, Nyiragongo last erupted in 2002, and has been intermittently active ever since. In this talk we will explore the geological setting of this lethal yet mysterious volcano, which is situated within the East Africa Rift, the giant geological fracture responsible for the splitting apart of Africa.

Professor Jackson will show footage and photography taken from the volcano summit and deep within the crater, next to the 700 m wide, 600 m deep lava lake, showcasing the volcanoes structure, and the unusual chemistry and physical properties of its lava.

Transmitted on BBC2 in 2017, Expedition Volcano discussed much, much more about the geology and study of this fascinating yet devastating natural wonder, the threat it poses to the nearby populous, and the great wealth and conflict it has brought to this turbulent region.

This lecture is currently scheduled as an in-person event at Imperial. However government guidelines will be followed at the time which may include the necessity to change this to a live streamed event.  The supper may also need to be cancelled. We will update Friends on a regular basis.

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