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When Data is Beautiful: A Collection of Colorful Volcano Maps

80beatsBy Veronique GreenwoodNov 18, 2011 12:01 AM

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The Crater Lake caldera shows a particularly striking pattern of lava flows.

Sometimes, the results of science can be a little cryptic. But other times, data can be as beautiful as it is information rich. Betsy Mason over at Wired Science has a gallery of geological maps of volcanoes that demonstrate exactly that

, with a rainbow of colors indicating different types of rock and lava flows from millennia of eruptions. Which mountain is your favorite?

Image courtesy of USGS

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