Why don't we drop medical waste and nuclear waste into active volcanoes?

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Jan. 4 2008 4:55 PM

Should We Throw Hazardous Waste Into Volcanoes?

An answer to the Explainer's 2007 Question of the Year.

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Explainer thanks Robert Benedict of the American Nuclear Society and Robert Trombley of the International Volcano Research Centre.

Correction, Jan. 8, 2008: The original version mixed up the Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano with Central Africa's Mount Nyiragongo. The lava at Ol Doinyo Lengai erupts at temperatures as low as 930 degrees, not 800 degrees. (Return  to the corrected sentence.)