Few geologic events capture the imagination like an erupting volcano. We thrill at the image: Hot, molten rock comes bursting out of the ground, destroying almost everything in its path. Volcanoes can cause massive disasters that kill tens of thousands, and they can also produce amazing sights like hypnotic lava fountains.
With an eruption like the one underway at Hawaii's Kilauea, the news fills with volcanoes. But it's usually full of errors about volcanoes and how they operate.