Sometimes Fuego is almost to much of a beauty.

The New Decade Volcano Program – The Missing Volcano

First of all, this article is the official start of our celebratory week and we have no less than two things to celebrate since our five year birthday as a beacon light of volcanic science is on Wednesday. More about that later in the week, first we have another jubilee to take care of. A…

The spectacular nested caldera of Emi Koussi. Photograph by David Evans.

The forgotten volcanoes of Chad Part II

In the previous part I wrote that we would be investigating some of the largest sub-aerial volcanism on the planet as we took a closer look at this the largest known sub-aerial volcanic system in the world. And now it is time to look at volcanism on a stupendous scale. But before we do that…

The beauty of Klyuchevskoy lava flows at night (sept. 2016) - Photo by Roberto C. Lopez (www.robertocarloslopez.com)

Kamchatka, a volcanic wonderland – Part I – Central Kamchatka

It’s well known among volcanology lovers that Kamchatka it’s like a giant geological laboratory, a true jewel of nature. I started to feel curiosity about Kamchatka several years ago, and now, after visiting this amazing place 2 times in the last 3 years, my passion about this territory increases day by day. As part of…

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Unrest at Hekla

At 07.55.04 Hekla suffered an earthquake of M0.9 at 0.7km depth under the west slope of Hekla proper. After that followed two badly localized small tremors before a second earthquake with a temporary solution of M0.6 at the same place and depth. After that came a final (so far) small tremor. This follows after ten days…

The Colosseum in Rome, with its earthquake damage

The Apennine fault

Rome is an ancient wonder. It feels strange, walking along a street next to the heart of the world city, but surrounded by old ruins. Here the old survives next to the new. There was extensive damage done by the Vandals, the people who overran Italy in the 5th century. They cut off the water…

The Tibesti Mountains south of the regional capital of Bardaï. Photograph by Michael Kerling.

The forgotten volcanoes of Chad Part I

In this part of ”Off the beaten track” we will well and truly go off the beaten track, or perhaps we are getting to one of the most beaten tracks on the planet. You will have to be the judges of that. In this part volcanism takes on a scale of grandeur on an unprecedented…

The powerful Vulcanian explosion of March 23rd 2005. Already, the upper slopes are being peppered by larger pieces of ejecta. (ElEconomista, Mexico)

Volcan de Colima, Mexico, and Momotombo, Nicuaragua

In the middle of an apparent lull in eye-catching activity elsewhere, our interest has been focused on two Central American volcanoes recently that both bear keeping an eye upon for different reasons. Colima has been active since 2013 and is the most active volcano in Mexico. It is covered by a couple of very good…

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The Old Man or The Sea

The Lives of Lake Baikal It is said that a huge stone fell from the sky like they do now, sometimes. While it was falling it became red hot. When it hit the earth there was a great rainfall. Earth, stone, and water came to a boil and in that turmoil Lake Baikal was born.…

The Oasis Caldera of Waw an Namus, not a tourist friendly volcano.

The forgotten volcanoes of Libya

In my last article I wrote about the Turkana, volcanism that is part of the Great African Rift. But unbeknownst to most this is just one of several rift systems in Africa that are tearing the continent apart. In this article we will be making an initial contact with an even larger, younger and far…

The Lake viewed from The Barrier Volcanic Complex out over Teleki Volcano onwards to Lake Turkana.

Turkana and the Dawn of Man

I readily admit to enjoying large scale volcanism. Yes, small scale volcanism like Tor Zawar may be a fun diversion, but it is the majestic scale that volcanism can take that get my juices flowing.  By now I have touched upon most of the worlds large volcanic features at least in the passing, but there…