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How to look inside a volcano (Discourse)

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The Royal Institution of Great Britain

21 Albemarle Street

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Volcanoes are big, hot, loud, and scary; because of this, we know little of their internal structure or underlying 'plumbing system', despite them representing a global natural hazard. In this talk, Christopher Jackson will show how new 3D seismic imaging techniques can be used to illuminate the structure of volcanoes and the evolution of their underlying 'hot rocks'.

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Discourses are one of the Ri’s oldest and most prestigious series of talks. Since 1825, audiences in the theatre have witnessed countless mind-expanding moments, including the first public liquefaction of air by James Dewar, the announcement of the electron by J.J. Thomson and over 100 lectures by Michael Faraday. In more recent times, we have had Nobel laureates, Fields medal winners, scientists, authors and artists – all from the cutting-edge of their field. Discourses are an opportunity for the best and brightest to share their work with the world.

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The dress code for this event is smart (ties optional, no jeans or trainers). Please note, if you are not dressed smartly you may be asked to sit in the gallery.

The doors will open at approximately 6.45pm, with a prompt start at 7.30pm. There will be a brief question/answer period after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.

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