Uturuncu is a nearly 20,000-foot-high (6,000 meters) volcano in southwest Bolivia. Scientists recently discovered the volcano is inflating with astonishing speed.
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Uturuncu Distance Clouds
Credit: Jonathan Perkins.
Volcano, straight ahead. Uturuncu looms in the distance.
In the latter months of 2010 (autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, but the beginning of spring in Bolivia), University of California, Santa Cruz graduate student Jonathan Perkins and his advisor, Noah Finnegan, spent several weeks conducting field work along the shorelines of ancient lakes that lie on the flanks of the growing volcano.