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Volcanologist Einat Lev can stand the heat. Courtesy Bruce Museum.

There’s still time and space to heat up with volcanologist Einat Lev, who will present a lecture titled “Look, But Don’t Touch! Using Close-range Remote-sensing to Study Lava” tonight at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. She will explain how the physical properties of magma control if, when and how volcanoes erupt, and how and where lava will flow.

Lev is assistant research professor in the Seismology, Geodynamics and Tectonics group at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. She will share her journey into the study of lavas and magmas around the world using infrared cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles and some high fructose corn syrup. Main stops along the trail will include Iceland, Chile and Hawaii, with glimpses of Africa, Vanuatu and Antarctica. Her talk is held in conjunction with the Bruce Museum’s current exhibition “Treasures of the Earth: Mineral Masterpieces from the Robert R. Wiener Collection.”

The lecture begins with a reception and open galleries at 6:30 p.m., followed by the talk at 7. Admission is $10; free for students with ID and members. The Museum, which will open at 6:20 p.m., is at 1 Museum Drive, off Steamboat Road.

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Georgette Gouveia 

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