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Looking Into a Volcano: Drilling Unzen
For the first time, geologists are peering deep inside an active volcano to understand how eruptions occur.
Setsuya Nakada and John Eichelberger
A Fresh Angle on Oil Drilling
New technologies are playing a key role in controversial oil and natural gas drilling on the North Slope of Alaska.
Sara Pratt
The Global Lakes Drilling Effort
Lake sediments around the world are providing a wealth of information about past climate and regional change.
Douglas W. Schnurrenberger and Vance Hiatt
A New Era of Ocean Drilling Sets Sail
Following up on more than 40 years of ocean drilling, a new international program plans to take ocean exploration to the next level.
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Valles Caldera Scientific Drilling

Scientists met in Los Alamos, N.M., to weigh the pros and cons of pursuing more drilling, in order to understand climate change history at this famous geothermal location.
Fraser Goff and Jeffrey M. Heikoop
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From 1991 to 1995, Unzen Volcano in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, violently erupted. Now geologists are drilling into the volcano to learn more about how magma rises to the surface. This picture of an Unzen fumarole and nearby lava was taken by Hiroshi Shimizu, professor of seismology at Kyushu University.
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