Best Volcano Documentaries

A look at the best FREE Volcano documentaries.

What is a Volcano?

Volcanoes are ruptures in the crust of planetary bodies, such as Earth, that allow hot lava, volcanic ash, and gases to escape.

On Earth, volcanoes are most often found where tectonic plates are diverging or converging, and they are usually found underwater. Tectonic plates diverge on a mid-ocean ridge, such as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, whereas they converge on the Pacific Ring of Fire to form volcanoes.

It is also possible for volcanoes to form where the crust's plates stretch or thin, such as in the East African Rift, the Wells Gray-Clearwater volcanic field, or the Rio Grande rift. A recent study suggested that upwelling diapirs from the core–mantle boundary, which lies 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) deep within the Earth, may be responsible for volcanoes away from plate boundaries.

There is a tendency for volcanic activity to occur at hotspots, as the Hawaiian hotspot is an example. Volcanoes rarely form when two tectonic plates slide past each other.

Historically, large volcanic eruptions have been followed by volcanic winters that have caused catastrophic famines due to the obstruction of the Sun by ash and sulfuric acid droplets.

Best Volcano Documentaries

Here are the best Volcano documentaries, ordered based on date of publishing:

1. How dangerous are volcanoes in Germany? | DW Documentary

Feature Value
Duration 42:27
Date Published June 8, 2022
Views 335534+
Channel DW Documentary

The Volcanic Eifel is a peaceful region in western Germany. For hundreds of thousands of years, volcanic forces raged here, before settling down. But could these natural forces reawaken? Today's Volcanic Eifel was formed from cooled lava and volcanic ash. But deep below the surface, the earth is still bubbling. In fact, there are many indications that the rumbling underground is actually hot magma making its way to the Earth’s surface. How great is the danger of another eruption here in the Eifel, by far the youngest volcanic area in Central Europe? On the shores of the region’s Laacher See,

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