Chemistry Spotlight: Lava and Volcanic Gases

If you’ve seen the news recently you’ve probably heard of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. Kilauea has been erupting for almost three months now, and has been causing plenty of damage to Hawaii’s “Big Island.” Take a look at some of the chemical components of lava and volcanic gases:This infographic was created by Andy Brunning. To see more of Brunning’s work, go to To see all of C&EN’s Periodic Graphics, visit