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The Strangest Volcanoes In The World – A Non-Official List

In light of the extremely unique and interesting events going on at Vatnajökull, it’s interesting to ponder how different they can be from one another. I had originally intended that this post would be an ordered ranking of the strangest volcanoes in the world, but you really can’t form proper comparisons between one type of…

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Meanwhile, over at Rabaul

Don’t shoot it Martha, it’s bigger than both of us!! “Do like the gallant Roman soldier who, at the destruction of Pompeii, died in his sentry box. Remain at your post. When the critical moment approaches you may — to cheer yourself up — sing ‘Let me like a soldier fall.” Well, talk about futile…

Holuhraun lava in daylight. Screenshot from a video by Kristinn Ingi Pétursson,

The Long Wait?

Yesterday, the Bardarbunga crisis celebrated its first month. As our readers have already remarked, the IMO has put out an update that summarises the earthquake data over the past month. In all, some 25,000 earthquakes have been registered by the automated system of which no less than 5,900 have been manually checked by a seismologist.…

Icelandic BBQ. Photograph copyright by Eggert Norðdahl.

The Man and the Mountain

Hi all, long time no see. Thanks for your patience. Since leaving for the north, about 10.000 VC comments ago, so much has happened. But, actually, it all started five days earlier, so about 14 days in “VC Calendar Time” but as all know that is un-measurable in Geological time. When the eruption started (again)…

Timelapse by Ingolfur Bruun, Grimsvotn eruption, 21 May 2011.

Is it a plume? Is it a cloud?

While we are waiting for developments, many of our readers are watching the Mila webcams and commenting on atmospheric disturbances over the vast Holuhraun and Vatnajökull landscapes. What comes up over and over again is the question of how to distinguish between cloud formation of all types (small fluffy clouds, elegant lenticular clouds, convection clouds…