Top 5 volcanic lairs for Evil Geologists

Top 5 volcanic lairs for Evil Geologists

Where is the best place to build your evil lair?

Like most Evil Scientists, Evil Geologists will need a lair in which to plot and plan their inevitable rise to ruler of Earth. Traditionally, the top choice for such a base is an isolated volcano.  Preferably dormant, even better on an island away from any pesky local police or military interference.

Do you aspire to be an evil geologist? Paul, the map librarian of the Geological Society, gives you some pointers to some of the best real-estate opportunities available for the discerning evil-doer.

Atlasov Island

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The perfect volcanic cone perched at the northern end of the Kuril Islands.  No indigenous population, no tourists and very remote.  It last erupted in 1996.  There are a number of islands in the Kuril chain that would qualify as decent lairs, so it's more than likely you'll have evil neighbours.

Jabal al-Tair

If you prefer warmer climes and a base positioned to dominate shipping channels, how about this island located at the mouth of the Red Sea?  The major drawbacks are that it erupted in 2007, is on the boundary between the Arabian and African plates and is likely to remain active for the foreseeable future.

Fogo

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A better bet in terms of recent activity is Mount Fogo.  The main cone last erupted in 1675, but there was an eruption of a vent in 1995. Unfortunately this island in Cape Verde is populated - but you can always do with a few recruits to assist with your diabolical schemes.

Surtsey

A new, but short-term opportunity closer to civilisation. This island was formed from 1963-1967 to the south-east of Iceland, after a volcanic eruption which started 130 metres below sea level. It only reached a size of 2.7 square kilometres, and wind and wave erosion has been shrinking it ever since, so you'll need to move fast. The island has lost half its area since was formed and is estimated to be under sea-level by 2100.

Stromboli

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No list of evil lairs would be complete without this volcano situated in the Mediterranean.  Tourists visit it and the name of a Bond villain was inspired by it.  It's such an icon that I wouldn't be surprised if it already had an Evil Geologist in residence.  Be on your guard for pre-installed piranha tanks and sulphur pits if visiting.

So you want to be an evil geologist?

Do you have what it takes to locate and build your evil lair on a volcano? Take our Who wants to be an Evil Geologist quiz!

Thanks to Paul, the Geological Society's map librarian, for letting us reproduce his blog on Planet Science. Read more of the Geological Society's blogs and watch out for more Evil Geologist hints and tips soon!

If you can't take over your evil lair just yet, try making your own volcano in your kitchen!

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