Central America's Youngest Volcano (01:43)
Wilfried Strauch monitors an entire volcanic chain in Nicaragua. In 1995, Cerro Negro erupted violently.
Cloud Seeding in Mexico (02:03)
Scientists use planes and special flares to manipulate clouds into creating rain.
Hail Flying in Germany (01:07)
Chemists and airplane squadrons use silver iodide to turn hail into rain.
Venice, Italy (02:05)
This famous lagoon city is in danger from frequent flooding.
Underwater Barriers in Venice (01:44)
Underwater barriers help protect Venice form flooding. When the tide rises, huge steel walls lift themselves out of the water to shut the lagoon mouths.
Nicaraguan Damage (01:23)
Volcanologist were able to predict the eruption early enough to evacuate. View the cracks in the earth and structures that were damaged from the tremors.
Types of Volcanic Activity (01:12)
Scientists use a laser cannon to measure the temperature of active volcanoes. See footage of dangerous glowing avalanches.
Fire Detection- Beetles (01:29)
Scientists use a jewel beetle to create a biological fire detector.
Fire Detection- Electronic Nose (02:16)
An electronic sensor recognizes combustion gasses in the forest.
Living with Natural Disasters (01:52)
The people around Cerro Negro have learned to live with the danger around them. Once the threat has passed, tourists rush to the volcano.
Life Suit for Ship Passengers (01:45)
A German man develops an insulation suit designed to save the lives of people stranded in freezing cold water.
Surviving Avalanches (02:08)
Most victims of avalanches suffocate when they are not rescued in time. The Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research tests the avalanche airbag.
Managua Seismograph (01:03)
Seismographs in Managua show activity indicative of an impending eruption Hours later, Telica erupts.
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