During the Hadean Eon volcanoes played an integral part in the formation of the Earth. Even today volcanoes play a key role in the Earth's continued renewal of itself. Children and adults alike, it seems, are fascinated by these fountains of living.
An image of the catastrophic reality of the force that comes with earthquakes. This photo, from the October Kashmir Earthquake, shows a building toppled completely to its side and the tragic rescue efforts that ensued.