During the Hadean Eon volcanoes played an integral part in the formation of the Earth. Even today volcanoes play a key role in the Earth's continued renewal of itself. Children and adults alike, it seems, are fascinated by these fountains of living.
Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke as seen from Tigapancur village in Karo district on November 2013 in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia. Up to residents have been evacuated from five villages in North Sumatra due to the volcanic eruptions of Mount Sinabung.
A bushfire burns in the Bunyip Sate Forest near the township of Tonimbuk, Victoria, Australia 07 February Authorities have issued urgent fire warnings to towns near a bushfire burning out of control east of Melbourne.