York Science & Innovation Grand Tour May - Sept 2012

Sponsored by Aviva

31 Observatory, Museum Gardens

Did you know?

York was home to one of the pioneers of modern volcanology, Dr Tempest Anderson (1846-1913). He travelled the world to study and photograph erupting volcanoes and their devastating aftermath.

This image, captured by Anderson in 1902, shows a devastated landscape of ash-covered slopes and flattened palm trees following the eruption of Soufrière volcano, St Vincent, Caribbean. He was the first scientist to realise how this eruption and resulting devastation had occurred. After watching it first hand, he compared it to an avalanche and realised it was a superheated flow of gas, ash and boulders. This is celebrated today as an early milestone in volcano science.

Read more info about Tempest Anderson

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