Marc Szeglat was born in 1967 in Oberhausen, Germany. In his young days he was already interested in minerals, fossils, and photography. At the age of 17 years he climbed his first volcano, Mount Vesuvius in Italy, and visited the famous archaeological excavations of Pompeii. After graduation and military service he began studying geology at the University of Bochum (RUB) in 1989. He specialized in tectonic edifice and magmatic rocks, geological cartography and he participated in numerous field trips.
Beside the theoretical, scientific laboratory works, Marc Szeglat got more and more attracted by the outdoor studies on active volcanoes. He started travelling around the world to discover the geological and volcanic hot spots of the earth, such as the active italien volcanoes Mount Etna and Stromboli in 1990, or the Yellowstone caldera and the Canyonlands in the United States in 1991.
In slide shows, Marc Szeglat succeeded in his audience to generate enthusiasm, and soon he started focusing on video productions. There were first scientific educational films about tectonics and paleontology. He published his first of paper on volcanism in the educational publishing house "Cornelsen". For educational publishers he created a series of travel videos about destinations worldwide.
In 1996 , Marc Szeglat intensifying his career as camera-operator and author. He produced travel films for "Juenger Video", "Ems" and "Bavarian video", also introducing his growing knowledge on the history and culture of different countries.
During an eruption of the Piton de la Fournaise on Reunion island in 1998, Marc Szeglat met expedition leader Christoph Weber. They became a successful team for adventures volcano filming, which had lead to various TV productions.
Between 1999 and 2003 Marc Szeglat captured the eruption series of the volcano Etna on Sicily. During this period, he climbed the volcano about 30 times and spent all together several weeks in the summit region. The doccumentary of the spectacular flank eruption in 2001 was broadcasted around the world and had been used in numerous television documentaries. Because of his experience on the volcano Etna, he was one of the few cameramen being allowed to climb the volcano during the eruption.
Marc Szeglat has brought his website www.vulkane.net "online" in the year 2001. This growing website developed into one of the most important German-language online resources with top ranking in search engines. The website gives feedback of his expeditions to the volcanoes of the world and provides volcano relatd services, background information and news about volcanic eruptions.
From 2001, Marc Szeglat filmed increasingly for the national TV-channel "Hessischer Rundfunk", where he worked closely with Professor Ernst Waldemar Bauer, the award-winner for the nature documentary series "Wunder der Erde" (Miracles of Planet Earth). Some documentaries about volcanoes were broadcasted, such as the archeology of Turkey and Italy and the East African Rift Valley, where Marc implimented his special knowledge on the cultures of the Massai and Afar tribes.
In 2006 Professor Bauer retired and the television series stopped. Since then, Marc works as a freelance cameraman and author. International television productions, mainly for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, the Swiss television, Nat Geo, BBC and ZDF followed.
Numerous volcanoes expeditions with the volcano photographer Martin Rietze and expedition leader Chris Weber resulted in the production of the DVD and two books about volcanoes.
Until now, Marc has climbed just over 30 active volcanoes, some of them several times, such as Etna in Italy.
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