Hiking to an erupting volcano is one of National Geographic Explorer Arianna Soldati's favorite parts of her job. As a volcanologist, she gets to travel the world to see some of Earth's most powerful forces when they're the most beautiful yet destructive. Hear what it's like to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of an active volcano firsthand and how demystifying their behavior can help us better coexist with them.

Dive deep into the world of animals, science, and natural history in our original video series Nat Geo Explores.

The National Geographic Society, committed to illuminating and protecting the wonder of our world, has funded Explorer Arianna Soldati’s work. Learn more about the Society’s support of Explorers.

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