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Andrés Ruzo: Hunt for Sleeping Giants

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In 79 AD, residents of a town on the coast of Italy were enjoying afternoon snacks of walnuts and dried figs when nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted after centuries of dormancy. Imagine that sight! Volcanoes existed for millennia before that well-known disaster, but these sleeping giants have rumbled in our imaginations even more since then, including geothermal scientist and National Geographic Explorer Andrés Ruzo. 

Andrés was originally captivated by the legend of a mysterious “boiling river” as a child – and then he discovered the real thing. Now, he studies the point where the Earth’s molten core meets our world on the surface: far-off lava fields, hidden boiling rivers, and fiery portals underground. 

Join Arts Commons Presents and National Geographic Live for a white-hot journey (from the safety of your seat) as Andrés Ruzo shares his remarkable encounters with the underworld in stunning high-definition photo and video from the field. From the depths of the Earth to the heights of human imagination, witness the convergence of science and storytelling through one of nature's most awe-inspiring phenomena.

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"The Boiling River is a testament to the beauty and complexity of the natural world, and it reminds us of how much we still have to learn." – Andrés Ruzo

"Ruzo’s story, half scientific quest and half eco-adventure, provides the main theme of his absorbing account." - The New Yorker 

"Andrés Ruzo’s tale of rediscovering the boiling river in the Amazon is at once fantastical and true—a modern-day explorer’s quest to uncover and preserve an extraordinary natural wonder." — The Wall Street Journal