Volcanoes have always both fascinated and frightened mankind. Often causing massive loss of life, theyve been worshipped as gods, and feared as homes for the devil. They emit huge amounts of poison gas and ash, yet provide some of the most fertile land on Earth. Our guides explore the worlds most spectacular volcanoes, travelling from the heart of Europe, across the Atlantic and Caribbean, to the deadly Pacific Ring of Fire. In Europe, visit the Italian island of Stromboli, which has been continually erupting for at least a thousand years, then travel to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, which was destroyed in 79AD by an eruption of the nearby volcano Vesuvius. Head to the Greek island of Santorini, where 1500 years before the demise of Pompeii a cataclysmic eruption destroyed local Minoan cities, and caused a vast tsunami to surge across the Mediterranean. Finally, climb to the summit of Mount St Helens in the United States, and meets scientists and survivors of the massive eruption here in 1980 - casualties were fortunately few, with just 57 killed, as the volcano is located in a sparsely populated area. CONTAINS BONUS FEATURE EXTREME LANDS CAPES - Over the millennia the elements have created some of the most breath taking landscapes imaginable. From ancient rock formations caused by molten lava, to massive waterfalls cause by endless erosion, this program guides you around the worlds most extreme and beautiful landscapes.