Ian Sansom

The endless fascination of volcanoes

Tamsin Mather is the latest highly articulate volcanologist to combine vivid personal experience with thoughtful scientific explanation

Villarrica, also known as Rucapillán, ‘the house of the spirits’, is one of Chile’s most active volcanoes – and Tamsin Mather’s favourite. [Getty Images]

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