The Science behind ”Mars 2067, the Olympus Mons Expedition”

Science should be “sexy”. Once we had decided to write an article on Olympus Mons, we began to consider how to present it in a manner that would appeal to our readers. The regular science article is usually a rather monotonous enumeration of facts, figures and equations and thus heavy to digest for the average…

The Friday Update #4 (26/02/16)

Welcome to another Friday update, after last week’s sad news of the death of one of our founding members (http://www.volcanocafe.org/in-memory-of-sissel-skramstad/) we have received some positive news.   Expressen, Sweden’s largest evening newspaper has conducted a short interview with Henrik and following that, they have run two front page stories featuring articles from VC.  Firstly, they…

Mars 2067, the Olympus Mons Expedition (Part II)

This far, the expedition had been a highly successful failure. Five weeks into the exploration with three weeks of intense survey had brought a wealth of data, but not what they had come for. Olympus Mons or Nix Olympica, the Olympic Snows as it was formerly known, had stubbornly refused to accede to human wishes.…

In memory of Sissel Skramstad

Last night a new star was lit in the heavens above us. It is a black day for us here at Volcanocafé. A few weeks ago one of us suffered a major heart attack and had to be put in induced coma. After weeks of struggle Sissel Skramstads big warm heart lost the struggle and…

The Friday Update #3 (19/02/16)

Welcome to another Friday Update.  I will start with the easiest of the reports regions to write about.  Europe, North America and Africa are continuing their quiet period with no reports of any activity from these regions. ASIA This week saw a strong eruption from Zhupansovsky on the 12th of February, with  Volcano Discovery reporting…

Mars 2067, the Olympus Mons Expedition (Part I)

In spite of its incredible height, Olympus Mons was well below the horizon as seen from ‘Olympia’, just like that Earthly committee as shorn of imagination as it was endowed with political acumen which had originally named the colony Mars Base Alpha. The residents had immediately renamed it in honour of the largest volcano in…

The Friday Update #2 (12/2/16)

The Friday Update #2 (13/2/16) Firstly, a massive thank you to all the words of support from everyone. When I decided to start this project, I was unsure how it would be recieved and I have been encouraged greatly by the support shown by everyone! Europe The European volcanoes appear to be having a bit…

100 years of Icelandic volcanism

  Statistics and volcanism does not exactly go hand in hand, especially since it tends to end up with idiots claiming that volcanoes are “overdue”. A volcano is never overdue, they may shift patterns of their eruptions, go into extended periods of dormancy, or pretty much do anything that they jolly well pleases. It is…

The Friday Update #1 (5/2/16)

  Welcome to a new Friday feature on Volcanocafe. Starting today and coming every Friday, we will be publishing a report on the previous weeks volcanic eruptions from around the world and also any noteworthy stories that also pop up on Twitter or in the news.  I will also be posting a globe with the volcano in…

The Art of Fracking a Volcano II

In this part of the series I will take a look at the risks of harvesting geothermal energy. Let me begin with stating that so far there has been no large accident caused by harvesting geothermal energy. On the other hand, there is no such thing as totally safe ways to harvest energy. We all…