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The great eruption of Krakatau

Recently, I ran across a fascinating document about the potential damages from a New Madrid quake and had planned on doing an article about quakes… but since this is a Volcano oriented blog, I was quite pleased when Albert offered up this  piece on one of the more catastrophic eruptions in modern history.   I still…

Current aerial view of Surtsey.

Love Lava. Love Life.

DIANA BARNES It’s Valentine’s day this weekend. A time to celebrate that activity that marks the difference between living and non – living components of our planet. Love and Reproduction. Living things are incredibly single minded and stubborn. Their sole objective is to reproduce, and organisms go to extraordinary lengths to achieve this goal. To…

The upturned boat hull shape of Hekla. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Ruminarian IX? Musings on Hekla.

I grew up hating math. Detesting it’s very existence with an unbridled passion that knew no bounds. I was like this all through school… until Junior and Senior years. Those years, our new Principal, Mr Pendergast, put together a couple of courses to prepare us for what we may run into if any of us…

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Once in a Blue Moon

Guest Post by Albert: A well-known but little understood expression in English. ‘Once in a blue moon’ is used to describe something that happens very rarely, but which is not impossible. But what does it mean? Does it have an origin in astronomy? What is a ‘blue moon’ or ‘blue sun’? From experience, we know…

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Ruminarian – The Crapshoot

“As I have said so many times, God doesn’t play dice with the world.” — Einstein.   Since our last topic auto closed, this is provided as an interim post to keep the comments open for your use.  Sorry if it seems a bit sparse.  (GL) As some of you know, I am a fan…