Dana Hunter, Scientific American

Dana Hunter

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Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Dana:

GeoBits: Lunar Exploration Edition

In this edition, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon → Read More

Why Peru's M8 Earthquake Was Damaging, but Not Catastrophic

Not all magnitude 8 earthquakes are created equal. Find out what separates merely devastating from completely catastrophic. → Read More

The Underappreciated Threat of Volcanic Tsunamis

Tsunamis caused by volcanoes are responsible for nearly a quarter of all deaths caused by eruptions, yet we have only now started to understand them. → Read More

Goodnight, Opportunity: So Long, and Thanks for All the Geology!

I'm crying over a dang piece of machinery, but folks, this little rover was special. Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity was meant to last 90 days; she survived for over 14 years. She was meant to show us less than a mile of Martian landscape: before the end, she traversed 28 miles of terrain and investigated many key geological features of the red planet. Named by an immigrant girl, she embodied… → Read More

Massive Storms Lead to Elevated Landslide Hazards for the West Coast

Saturated slopes can be very bad news. The good news: Congress may be ready to do something about it → Read More

A Very Unsual Tsunami: The 2018 Sulawesi Earthquake

"There was no time to save ourselves," survivor Dwi Haris said. The story behind the quake and tsunami no one could outrun → Read More

The Apex and the (Possible) End of Fissure 8

Have we seen the last days of Fissure 8? Or is it merely sleeping. → Read More

Lava Boat Bombed by Kilauea and Other Volcanic News

For a while, there, Kilauea settled into a predictable routine, and there wasn't much news surrounding the eruption. The most exciting and terrible thing was the lava channel developing a kink and the flow covering more structures and a park; otherwise, you could pretty much depend on the news being pretty much the same every day. But this past week has seen one quite dramatic event, plus a… → Read More

The Lowdown on LAZE: Kilauea's Most Recent Hazard

Acidic clouds rise from the water—what are they, and how dangerous can they be? → Read More

5-Minute Geology: Fire 'n' Ice Edition

From out-of-this-world craters to glacial calling cards, we've got some very cool, hot geology! → Read More

Geologic Mayhem on Netflix

In the mood for disaster? Netflix has some good 'uns for you! → Read More

8 Ways the Trump Administration Has Been a Disaster for Science and Our Public Lands

Trump's first year of presidency is coming to a close. We knew going in that he was going to be a disaster for science, but maybe some of us still hoped he wouldn't be too disastrous. But the actions he has taken, the people he has appointed, and the rapacious companies and politicians he has emboldened have proved that hope was in vain. As we close out 2017, here are just a few of the countless… → Read More

Disaster Geology: A Tale of 2 Mexican Earthquakes

A deep-dive into Mexico's remarkable string of natural disasters → Read More

The Trump Administration's Effect on National Parks

How are our national parks faring under the Trump administration and its Republican Congress? Let's take a look at the latest actions, and you can decide for yourselves. The Trump Administration is Determined to Shrink National Monuments While Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claims the administration won't be abolishing monuments, he does intend to shrink many of them. We don't know yet which… → Read More

Born in Catastrophe: Silver Lake

A serene little Pacific Northwest lake has a violent origin → Read More

Born in Catastrophe: Silver Lake

A serene little Pacific Northwest lake has a violent origin. → Read More

The Shocking Truth about Aftershocks

After an earthquake, some aftershocks go on for an astonishingly long time. → Read More

One Simple but Effective Action You Can Take for American Science--Today

The March for Science is over, but the fight for science is just getting started → Read More

Republicans Want to Destroy Our National Parks. It's Up to Us to Save Them

You can protect our public lands. Here's how. → Read More

The National Park Service Won't Be Silenced

NPS employees have a message for the Trump Administration. → Read More