Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Music of Volcanoes

Strange and wonderful world of science. I was amused and intrigued by news that scientists are using the "music" of volcanoes to assist them in predicting future eruptions.
The research project, which brings together experts from Europe and Latin America, digitally collects geophysical information on seismic movements before using data sonification to transform them into audible sound waves, which can then be 'scored' as melodies. The resulting 'music' is then analysed for patterns of behaviour and used to identify similarities in eruption dynamics and so predict future activity.
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