NZ scientist to fly drone over rowdy PNG volcano

A Kiwi scientist is about to get an up-close-and-personal look at one of the world's angriest volcanoes, through a clever approach now also being used here.

Rising to 1750m above the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville – or roughly the same height as Mt Hikurangi on New Zealand's East Coast – Bagana is one of Melanesia's youngest and most active volcanoes.

It's effectively a gigantic symmetrical cone, built up by frequent lava flows, and has been locked in a near-continuous eruptive state for 150 years.

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