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Picard watching volcano

Picard watching a volcano on Earth

Nibiru volcano

The volcano on Nibiru

A volcano is an opening in a planet's crust, often formed into a mountain, from which molten lava and gases are ejected.

The study of volcanoes is volcanology. (TNG: "Pen Pals")

Ocampa had a range of several extinct volcanoes. (VOY: "Caretaker")

Volcanoes on Penthara IV were activated when subterranean pockets of carbon dioxide were opened by a phaser drill. The volcanoes started to erupt and produced large plumes of volcanic dust, threatening to bring another ice age on the planet. (TNG: "A Matter of Time")

Volcanic vents could supply enough heat to sustain life even on rogue planets. An example of such a world was Dakala. (ENT: "Rogue Planet")

Captain Jean-Luc Picard saw an active volcano on Earth in the region of France about 3.5 billion years ago when Q brought him there. (TNG: "All Good Things...")

In the alternate reality, a supervolcano on Nibiru threatened to destroy all life on the planet, including the indigenous Nibirans. The threat was averted when Spock activated a cold fusion device in the magma chamber, rendering the volcano inert. (Star Trek Into Darkness)

The group tasked with showing the volcano in Star Trek Into Darkness obviously had to find a way to do so without subjecting Spock actor Zachary Quinto to the harsh conditions of an actual volcano. (Star Trek Magazine issue 172, p. 48) Part of the volcano in the movie was built as a physical set, outdoors in Marina del Rey in California. Dan Mindel remarked, "We shot it all at night so we could control the lights and manipulate it so that the steam that we were making would block out the sun and give us a lot of texture. All the sparks and fire is real." [1] However, the full effect of the volcano obviously relied on visual effects, courtesy of the film's VFX team. "The guys worked very hard to capture the volatile nature of the lava, along with all the extra details, like the embers," noted Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett. He went on to say that, because Nibiru was conceived as a different planet than Earth, "It didn't have to be completely based on the physics of our world. We could push some of the boundaries a little bit." (Star Trek Magazine issue 172, p. 48)

Noted volcanoes

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