As if Antarctica wasn’t inhospitable enough, it’s also got a freaking volcano.  Mount Erebus, the world’s southernmost active volcano, showed signs of life in February, and NASA’s Earth Observatory got a nice overhead shot of it, along with some thermal imaging that shows off the volcano’s lava lake.

This photo might add some color to a lesson on geography or plate tectonics. If nothing else, the picture proves that, whether you freeze to death or get engulfed by molten lava, Antarctia is a great place to experience deadly scientific phenomena. -BILL FERRIS

Volcanic Activity on Mt. Erebus via NASA Earth Observatory

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