My Private Volcano: Exploring Mate Grande

ORF-E | In Production (Eyeing May 2024 completion)
1 x 52 min | 1 x 45 min
Worldwide except for Germany and France

When geologist Gregory de Pascale and his team circled over Patagonia in a helicopter in December 2016, he could hardly believe his eyes: in a place where, for once, no snow covered the peaks during the warmest days of the year, he discovered black volcanic rock. Several expeditions and a few years later, it is clear: the ‘Mate Grande’ is a previously undiscovered, active volcano that is less than 5,000 years old. It is located in the Liquiñe-Ofqui fault zone, where huge tectonic plates collide and try to push each other out of the way. People in the Aysén region, the least populated area in Chile, have already experienced major volcanic eruptions, an earthquake swarm, and a tsunami in the fjord of Aysén in recent decades. Does the newly discovered volcano pose an additional threat? The film accompanies geologist Gregory de Pascale on expeditions to get closer to the nature of Mate Grande as he explores the landscape as well as the wildlife of this remote part of Patagonia, which has been marked by natural disasters.

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