What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close

New eruption at Japan's Aso caldera

May 16, 2011, 4:34 PM
World_tour_2007.1218468000.naka-dake_crater_is_very_active

Japan has had a quite a year within geologic activity - some of it very tragic, some of it less so. Volcanically, both Sakurajima and Kirishima have put on shows that captured the attention of the world. Now it seems that another Japanese volcano might be joining the list for 2011. The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) raised the alert status today to Level 2 (from 1) for Mt. Aso on Kyushu Island. Since Friday, Nakadake at Aso produced a small, 500 meter / ~1,600 feet steam-and-ash plume (video) with minor explosions.

Aso itself is, much like Kirishima, actually a complex of volcanoes within a 24 km caldera (see the stunning image below). The current activity is centered at Nakadake, a popular hiking destination that has had some problems with volcanic gas emissions. Nakadake is the most active vent amongst 17 within the Aso caldera, producing numerous small VEI 1-2 explosions over the last few centuries - some of which have lead to fatalities. However, the Aso caldera has had larger eruptions that produced significant pyroclastic activity including a number of VEI 3 eruptions that have left noticeable ash layers. Phreatic and phreatomagmatic eruptions - interactions with water - are common at Nakadake due to the small crater lake found at the volcano (see top left).

There are a multitude of webcams pointed at Aso - so you can see if you can check out any of the action if the volcano does start erupting more vigorously. Aso does have an associated volcano observatory at the University of Kyoto, but there is current no English version.

The Aso caldera in Japan seen from the air. Click here to see the original image.

 

 

New eruption at Japan's Aso...

Newsletter: Share: