Igneous Rocks

How volcanic activity has influenced our rainfall

Since the establishment in 1883 of the Royal Observatory Hong Kong (renamed Hong Kong Observatory after the handover), continuous records have been kept at the headquarters station in Tsim Sha Tsui, except from 1940 to 1946.

Sunday, 8 April, 2012, 12:00am

Who said it?

I can think of no greater fantasy than to be an explorer and see what no human eye has seen

Filmmaker James Cameron, on exploring the oceans' depths

He doesn't always have to say yes. Sometimes he can say no

CPPCC delegate Lew Mon-hung, urging Chief Executive Donald Tsang to say no to Beijing's intrusions into Hong Kong affairs

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Devil's advocate

'Don't stand still,' warns Manolo, our guide, 'your shoes might melt.'

Nervous smiles, shifting feet, I can feel the heat on my big toe.

'Here,' says Manolo, as he scrapes lava grit from the surface. 'If you can hold it for a minute, you can keep it.'

I hold out both hands but give up on the count of 10.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Intelligently told story links teens, wars - and a volcano

Burning Mountain By L.J. Adlington Published by Hodder Children's Books ISBN 978 0 340 95682 3

Teenage novels as powerful and intelligent as Lucy Adlington's Burning Mountain don't come along very often. When they do, they remind you what good writing is all about.

30 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Go with the flow

As far as stratovolcanoes go, Mount Mayon is a beauty, having as it does an almost symmetrically conical shape. In December, though, scientists were predicting that Mayon, in the Philippines' Albay province, 330 kilometres southeast of Manila, was about to spectacularly erupt.

10 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

2012 (DVD)

Fans of The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day are bound to enjoy 2012. It's a typical Roland Emmerich end-of-the-world movie and a mixture of the two blockbusters: highly entertaining, thought-provoking and so breathtaking you'll be constantly on the edge of your seat.

12 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Efforts to stall climate change

Climate change is set to warm the world by several degrees into the next century, so scientists are thinking about a variety of sun shade solutions to combat rising temperatures. This month's edition of National Geographic reports two novel solutions.

3 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Extension of landfill threatens important volcanic remains

The Association for Geoconservation strongly objects to the excision of about 5 hectares of land from the existing area of Clear Water Bay Country Park for the extension of the South East New Territories landfill. The proposed new boundary of the country park is delineated on the draft map by the Country and Marine Parks Authority.

28 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Nature's fireworks

A volcano is a place where liquid rock bursts through a planet's surface. The rock is so hot that it has been melted. Volcanoes can be amazing to watch but dangerous to be near

Art inspiration

17 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1923

17 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Finding the perfect lava

Volcanic source Designer Giorgio Armani has conquered the fashion industry. He has a successful makeup range and now he is turning his attention to the skin care sector with the launch of Crema Nera (below right).

26 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Yemeni soldiers killed as island volcano erupts

A volcano erupted on an island off Yemen's Red Sea coast, killing at least three Yemeni soldiers and spewing lava hundreds of metres into the air.

Reuters reported a government official as saying three bodies had been recovered, along with one survivor.

2 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Cremation taboo may see volcano victim buried in Africa

The body of a Hong Kong woman who plunged to her death in an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo may have to be buried in the country if Kinshasa forbids cremation.

The Chinese embassy in the capital said Mount Nyiragongo, where the accident happened, was 1,600km from the city and there were no rail, road or flights available to transport the body.

9 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Tourists warned of volcanic crater peril

An academic explorer has warned unprepared tourists against taking their holidays at volcanos.

Jim Chi-yung, a geography specialist at the University of Hong Kong, said a volcanic crater was dangerous even for the most experienced rock climber.

9 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

'The eruption of the century'

A volcano on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion awoke in what experts called 'the eruption of the century'.

But the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on eastern Reunion, a French overseas department, has lulled considerably, and residents remain out of danger.

11 Apr 2007 - 12:00am