Herdubreid may be the most perfectly shaped and dramatic volcano on the planet. If it erupts it would be at least partially destroyed. Photograph by Thrainn Vigfusson.

The Woolly Mammoth Guide to Icelandic Volcanism

It is a bit surprising that I have never gotten around to writing a complete guide of Icelandic volcanoes in view of how much I have written about them. Obviously this can’t be a complete write up for all of the volcanoes; instead it will be a list of the volcanoes with a short part…

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The Weekly Update (29/04/16)

Welcome to The Weekly Update! This week’s roundup follows last week’s fairly quiet period with another fairly quiet period with only 12 or so volcanoes producing enough of an ash cloud to be considered worthy of a VAAC report.  Due to work commitments this week, the report runs from the 21st of April to the…

Photographer unknown, rights belonging to photographer – A child carrying a baby-lamb, Grimsvötn eruption 2011.

Biology, Sheep, and Human Survival

This is a reposted article from November 21, 2011 As a biologist I feel I really must reply to the Blog on behalf of the sheep. I don’t know how many biologists read these Volcanic blogs and I wonder if geologists and physicists have a true concept of the science of Biology. I decided to…

Strombolian eruption of Kluychevskoy September 10, 2013 (Kvert webcam capture)

An Overview of Eruption Types

From time to time when we discuss our beloved volcanoes, we get a mild-mannered enquiry – ”Excuse me, but what’s effusive? And that cryptodome you are all speaking of, what is that?” I thought I’d take the time to jot down a few notes trying to explain what is meant by the various types and…

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The Weekly Update #11 (22/04/16)

Welcome to a fairly quiet Weekly Update. Following the excitement of Sakurajima, Popocatepetl and Zhupanovski over the past couple of weeks, I guess the Volcano Gods are taking a break. We start as ever with the quiet zones, London, Toulouse,Anchorage, Montreal and Wellington all have no reports in their respective VAAC areas of operation.   Washington VAAC Colima A quiet…

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Volcano coffee

Volcanoes can be costly. The Kilauea eruption of Feb 28, 1955 destroyed 21 houses, 10km of road, 4000 acres of sugar plantations and one coffee plantation: the damage was a staggering 2 billion dollar. The cost of Mount St Helens was 1 billion dollar. Both events were eclipsed by Eyjafjallajokull: its price tag of 5…

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The Weekly Update #10 (15/4/16)

Welcome to a double edition of the Weekly Update. Following last weeks “incident”, where my cat Jeff somehow contrived to destroy my modem, this week we are covering two weeks worth of VAAC reports, so without too much preamble we will plow ahead. A slight change to how I have chosen to display the images this…

Photorapher: Gernot Hecker, released under GNU. Soaring straight out of the ocean, Jan Mayen might be the most beautiful strato-volcano.

Jan Mayen – The Fiery end of Civilization

The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen is situated north of Iceland. It might be the only place on earth where no one yet has bothered to find anything valuable. Except for a short stint in the early twentieth century when Norwegian trappers hunted polar bears and blue fox. Jan Mayen services as a combined polar…

Satellite image of the Grimsvötn 2011 eruption taken on the 22nd of May. Wikimedia Commons.

Reinterpreting Grimsvötn

In the previous part we learned that Grimsvötn indeed is able to produce large scale eruptions as we looked closer into the Saksunarvatn tephras. The first part can be found by following the link below. http://www.volcanocafe.org/grimsvotn-the-saksunarvatn-tephras/ This time we will look into what this new information might mean for the future eruptions of Grimsvötn. But…

Nearby Crater Lake Caldera. Wikimedia Commons, photographer Dagmara Mach.

All Calderas are not Calderas

Sometimes our readers send in questions to us that literally sends the writers into a frenzy of volcanic exploration. This week’s question was about if the area between Fort Rock and Chemult in Oregon is indeed a large caldera. The area is situated south of the eastward Cascade volcanic range south of Newberry (Paulina Peak),…