This is a small temporary post meant to inspire and amuse us as we are waiting for Carl to return from his journey. It is about the three smallest volcanoes ever discovered and the asteroid (small planet) where they are situated, as well as the young boy who owns it – and about friendship.
“The Little Prince” was written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and first published in 1943.
The boys little planet is as big as a house and has the name B-612. He spends the day caring for his planet, like cleaning his volcanos. He falls in love with a rose with four thorns but gets disappointed because she does not answer his love.
Still loving her he eventually decides to leave his home to find out what the rest of the
universe is like. After visiting six other asteroids he goes to Earth where he meets the
Narrator who wrote it all down.
“On the morning of his departure he put his planet in perfect order. He carefully cleaned out his active volcanoes. He possessed two active volcanoes; and they were very convenient for heating his breakfast in the morning. He also had one volcano that was extinct. But, as he said, “One never knows!” So he cleaned out the extinct volcano, too. If they are well cleaned out, volcanoes burn slowly and steadily, without any eruptions. Volcanic eruptions are like ﬁres in a chimney.
On our earth we are obviously much too small to clean out our volcanoes.
That is why they bring no end of trouble upon us.”
To the Narrators surprise, the first thing the boy asks him is to draw a sheep. The
Narrator fails, and at last draws a box. But to his surprise, the boy is delighted with the
“This is only his box. The sheep you asked for is inside.”
I was very surprised to see a light break over the face of my
“That is exactly the way I wanted it! Do you think that this
sheep will have to have a great deal of grass?”
“Because where I live everything is very small. . . ”
“There will surely be enough grass for him,” I said. “It is a very small sheep that I have given you.”
He bent his head over the drawing: “Not so small that– Look! He has gone to sleep. . .
On Earth the boy meets the Fox, which asks the boy to tame it in order to be his friend:
“One only understands the things that one tames,” said the fox. “Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me. . ”
The fox shares his wisdom with the Prince before the two separate.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” “Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose. . . ”
The inevitable moment comes that the Prince goes back to his asteroid, leaving the
Narrator behind in deep grief. To read the whole story, get the book.
A pdf version (source of the italic quotes) can be found at:
At the first glance this book seems to be written for children, but I think it was even
more meant for adults. The message to all who live in the vicinity of a volcano and
especially to their authorities:
Be cautious, because: “One never knows!”
The Behemoth Dragon
703 thoughts on “The Little Prince”
The stain is looking really defined on the webcam.
I was thinking that. Do you think it is coming from the same place or has a new vent opened?
Nacreous clouds this morning over North Iceland.
There seems to be a unusual erosion of the ozone lair over Greenland, causing this to be more common.
What a wonderfull pictures…
Now I must go out. See you all!
Very impressive pictures. I don’t know about erosion of the ozone layer; but I do know that these clouds occur in cold air. We get the very occasional ones over London; presume that the rest of the UK gets or can see more of them.
Its not easy to find concrete info about ozone condition because of all the global warming propaganda, connected to taxation and other money related stuff.
But it seems that the ozone layer over Greenland at least has decreased considerably in the last year or so, much more and much faster than can be considered normal.
Its quite unusual to see the sky covered with those clouds as far as the eye can see, and in towns that are hundreds of kilometers apart.
Gas emission data show an increase in SO2 (from 5 to 6 µg/m³) and H2S (from 1 to 3 µg/m³) – presuming that SH2 = H2S – and not a “survival horror video game” -/
en.wikipedia …:) )
– between 15:00 and 16:00 today at unitad móvil La Restinga.
wooow latest sat image is awesome O.o
really starting to wonder if it is a second vent (to the right side of the island) like said on ER earlier.
I am also thinking that looks like another vent to the right. A shame really if it is as it will ‘dilute’ Bob and he will never reach the surface, but then according to some that was never going to happen anyway. Still a shame I think but definitely interesting and I still think this eruptive period has a lot to give yet.
Bob is certainly increasing his activity. Where and why? Who knows!
Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a great Christmas. My son accidentally trod on my glasses, so I am kinda having a wee bit of trouble making things out. Can anyone explain what is going on with the squiggles, they show up on most of the stations.http://www.01.ign.es/ign/head/volcaSenalesAnterioresDia.do?nombreFichero=EOSO_2011-12-27&ver=s&estacion=EOSO&Anio=2011&Mes=12&Dia=27&tipo=1
Yeah, look at that! Most of them picked up something. Shallow volcanic earthquakes not listed at IGN yet? P-wave manifestation from remote source?
I am not sure, but I think that an Atlantico earthquake was removed from the Boleto listing. Did anyone see a recent (this month) Atlantico EQ? I could be wrong, of course. I have been tracking the Atlanticos compared to El Hierro.
One station had what might be calibration pulses.
I don’t have any record of a December Atlanticos Canarias EQ. The last one I have is 23/10/2011. Can you remember more about when it was?
But found 4 when I extended the parameters:
1116189 04/12/2011 12:36:57 28.9035 -16.9176 39 2.4 ATLﾁNTICO-CANARIAS
1116605 08/12/2011 19:51:27 28.108 -16.128 2.2 ATLﾁNTICO-CANARIAS
1117486 15/12/2011 03:29:30 28.084 -16.1741 20 1.7 ATLﾁNTICO-CANARIAS
1118532 24/12/2011 20:40:24 28.0693 -16.1796 13 1.3 ATLﾁNTICO-CANARIAS
I thought they were within the last 10 earthquake listings. They’re not there now?
I selected ranges of lat and long which did not include these. But they were in IGN’s data – otherwise I would not have found them at all.
3 Eq’s listed for Atlatico on AVCAN for December
Oh, thank you! That’s weird..I’m awfully tired from work, I must not be looking at it right…
I don’t know. It seems to be an impressive harmonic tremor which is also showing in the very low frequencies on the spectrograms. The stations most affected seem to be: Fuerteventura (CFUE); La Gomera (EGOM) and Gran Caneria (EOSO). The others also show it. In addition, La Palma (EHIG) is showing aditional earlier tremors.
In fact they all show it except for CHIE. Does anyone know if any of the other El Hierro stations are showing this harmonic trremor?
I’m on the road and can’t do it. Make sure that you check for teleseismic events. Quakes far away. Some of those look like multiphase arricals. (Maybe even Raliegh and Love waves)
No. Do not reflect it.
Going out to buy reading glasses,as I can’t see. Catch you all later. Please disregard the above question if it has already been answered.
No, you’re good. Can’t tell you how many pairs of glasses I go through. I buy extra pairs just to keep up. Then, I lose the extra pairs.
It’s a 6.6 in Siberia
The squiggles are the P/S/L wave arrivals
if that’s correct then why didn’t CCAN (Tenerife) pick it up completely? it would be closer to the 6.6 O.o .
btw it was the first i was looking for also, but i wonder why CCAN is the only one who picked up the start only. http://www.ign.es/ign/head/volcaSenalesAnterioresDia.do?nombreFichero=CCAN_2011-12-27&ver=s&estacion=CCAN&Anio=2011&Mes=12&Dia=27&tipo=1
Those are minutes, not seconds, right? The time is off?
It seems to me like the UTC times don’t match. Still learning…
those are minutes, when zoomed in further you will have 3 minutes a line.
about the timing, it doesn’t really matter except if it was showing on the stations we are looking at earlier then the earthquake occurred in Siberia then it would be definitely not the earthquake.
the timing now is if quake due to travel times. 11 minutes roughly from siberia to canaries and in between the islands its about up to 20 seconds difference.
Don’t forget that it takes time for the waves to travel from Siberia to the Canaries so there will be variations in the arrival times of the waves.
This graph demonstrates:
Another “jump” at 19:25. Now come the of the 19:42.
Sorry got to go for now
http://sczdisplay.ucsc.edu/cgi-bin/scz.pl Santa Cruz , CA, US
http://www.prsn.uprm.edu/Spanish/php/WEBIplot_test.php?STAT=FDF&NET=G&CHAN=BHZ&YEAR=2011&MONTH=12&DAY=27 La Martinique, Caribbean
Is it coincidence or does it mean something as the screw movements seem to be back on the graph for La Palma since the harmonics picked up again on el Hierro?
Probably means something. La Palma is picking up signals from El Hierro that are lost in the harmonic tremor from CHIE?
Or it might be local noise as there is a gap in the spectrogram in the lower frequencies between the signals from the screws and the signal from El Hierro. If it was all from El Hierro, I am guessing that there would not be a gap.
If there was a blockage and this has now been cleared and the magma is free to move again and is doing so as confirmed by todays graph are we not heading for uncertainty again and should the people of EL Hierro now be made aware that maybe there is still danger ahead . As far as I now understand a good percentage of the islanders think its all over now ?
If there is no blockage, the tremor would not be finer? It’s like I’m making a mess.
Did not the fine lines of harmonics over the last days not mean that the magma was not flowing freely and was hitting a form of blockage and now that has cleared somehow the magma is free to move and is building up again ?
I do not know if we talk about the same (as I am not expert on this). I refer to the amplitude of tremor. If this is fine, this means that the lava flows easily, and if this is going widen that would mean that the magma encounters obstacles to flow freely. That’s what I’ve noticed in all the stations of the island. So I think that one should not lower our guard. Bob is still there.
(My head is going to explode …. 😯 )
I should have assisted in a homemade arts and crafts blog, I’m an expert at it…. 😦
It really depends on the source of the tremor.
If the tremor is caused by de-gassing, then a stronger signal indicates that more de-gassing is going on, implying greater magma movement.
If the tremor is caused by flowing past a blockage, then a stronger tremor would mean more effort is being expended trying to flow past the blockage.
Since no one fully knows what the actual cause of tremor is, it’s sort of up for grabs as to what it really means.
It’s like trying to figure out if the pumpkin pie is done just by looking at it. It may look nice, but until you stick a knife or fork in there to see if it’s done or not, you don’t really know for sure.
With Bob, we don’t have a way to actually “see” what it’s up to, we have to guess from the tremor signal.
In other words, that I have and I have no reason, but the opposite. 😉
@… err. Whoever is interested.
Traveltimes for the Mag 6.6 in Russia
And a quick look at the various waveforms that would have shown up and the paths that they would have taken.
Upper half are P-waves, Lower half are S-waves. The Canaries are about 55° geological degrees distant from the quake. (central angle)
Interesting. London is ~55 degrees from the quake so it should have arrived here at around the same time as at the Canaries.
Hope the victims have some decent shelter, food and heating.
To me a increasing amplitude of the tremor graph means more magma is flowing (freely). As long as the magma goes to Bob (or one of the Bobettes) and keeps submarine it will not be very harmful on shore I think. If the amplitude of the tremor graph decreases I think this is because of 1. less pressure behind the magma, 2. a lack of magma, 3 some blockage in the conduit.
But this says nothing about what will happen next.
Please see the much better explanation above!
I’ll definitely sign up for a homemade arts and crafts blog ….
If you find one, tell me!
I’m on it!
Una you would be bored because there is a pattern in Arts and Crafts and the materials and results are seen and planned….
Bob watching is more interesting as nobody has a real idea what the final results will be.
I have been crocheting every time I managed to sit down over Christmas, it is for me a theraputic, stress busting activity 🙂
Diana, when I start crocheting never know how it will end my work! 😯
I always worked with patterns, sometimes self made..
EQ at 21:22:13 27.7850 -18.0459 21.1 1.8 mbLg NW FRONTERA
“Magnitude of Siberian quake raised to 9.5
The magnitude of the quake that struck south-eastern Siberia late on Tuesday has been raised to 9.5, according to Russia’s emergencies minister Sergey Shoigu. The quake is the strongest ever to be detected in the region he said. There have been no reports of damage or casualties since the tremor – initially reported as 6.7 on the Richter scale – struck a sparsely populated area in the Republic of Tyva near the Russian-Mongolian border. However Shoigu expressed doubts that there has been no damage at all and has ordered the authorities to stay on the alert for any aftershocks that may follow.”
EQ can really be of such magnitude??
And another dates from this EQ.
Apparently, the estimate of 6.5 was a preliminary estimate.
EQs can exceed 9.5 but there would be extensive damage; the EQ in Japan in March was 9.0. The video footage on ER does not indicate that the EQ was that big.
But do we know what scale are they using? I got a bit lost in the ER report earlier this evening. USGS are reporting the Siberian quakes as 6.6 but it was shallow at 6.9km, with an aftershock of 4.8 at 16.7km.
ECMS has a bit more:
The whole thing is very confusing. Some sources say 6.6, some say 7, others say 9.5. Even there is no unanimity in the calculation of depth. I guess we’ll soon know the correct information and, most important, the damage in the poblation.
6.5-6.6. Yellow press or any press is not a good source for anything.
I think the confusion regarding magnitude is coming because of the different way the Russians measure quakes. They don’t use either the Richter or, the more usual nowadays, the Mercali scale but one of their own.
I can hardly imagine the devastation that can result in EQ of 9.5 to just 6.9 kms deep. I hope it’s misinformation.
Well, it was strong enough that three separate focal solutions show the following:
USGS Body-Wave Moment Tensor Solution
MW 6.6 Epicenter: 51.858 95.825 Depth 10 km (via 62 stations)
Global CMT Project Moment Tensor Solution
MW=6.7 LAT: 51.84N 0.00; LON: 96.01E Depth 15.8
USGS WPhase Moment Solution
MW 6.6 Epicenter: 51.857 95.824 Depth 11 (via 68 Stations)
Broadband Energy NOTE THAT THIS IS IN Me, NOT MW
Broadband Source Parameters:
BROADBAND DEPTH: 15.0 km
No. of sta: 14 Focal mech. M
Energy 8.7+2.1*10**14 Nm
And the USGS Link to the above data
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I go to sleep. I am like a zombie. See you tomorrow!
Shleep well everybody, CU soon!
Hello everyone, Well I have glasses now and can see again, and what on earth is Bob up to. There have been 2 earthquakes on the 27.
First one at 21.22 latitude 27.7850 longitude 18.0459 depth 21 mag 1.8 NW Frontera
Second one at 23.30 latitude 27.7794 longitude 18.0826 depth 12.5 mag 1.1 NW Frontera.
He has gone from one extreme to the other on the spectrogram.
Looks to me like Bob has a blockage.
It could also be that the pressure was building (stronger tremor signal) and now he has opened a new vent. It will be interesting to see if anything has changed now that it is almost daylight.
Or reopened an old vent… or gone to take a nap. 😯
Yep! Only Bob knows what he really has planed, and he keeps us in the dark.
Oh that looks interesting.
Oh, little mini-bursts! Maybe Bob has Bobettes. It’s 2 am here but this is too interesting to go to bed, although I am falling asleep on my computer. Looks like the tremor is coming back up now…
I think it might be the drumbeats, but I am no expert. Yes its Midnight here, I am going to have trouble leaving Bob tonight. ha ha ha
Apparently… Bob is having a spasm.
And… the tremor source is down near Bob. I am very confident of that now. At least in this round of noisemaking. I can’t rule out other events being elsewhere in the “pipe” but this is in Bob’s area.
Good Grief! Bob is certainly full of surprises.
Heaven knows what he is now doing!
Oh, Diana, thank goodness you are up now! If I fall asleep I will count on you to take screen shots if anything develops. 🙂
Denise I will do my best to capture anything. Shleep well… 🙂
I wonder if the eruption cam is pointed in the right direction.
@Lurking – any new observations? Haven’t the recent earthquakes been north of La Restinga, more toward Tanganansoga?
This isn’t from quakes. It’s from a re-visualization of the tremor artifacts and time offsets like I did with EHIG and EGOM.
I can’t plot this, but I can measure it.
(for one, I don’t have all the requisite math down pat, but the simplest case interpretation of the line of bearing lands just west of Restinga.
There are no ships in the area at the moment that could cause these regular pulses.
There is at the moment (10am UTC) an Italian cargo ship at the moment a bit south from the restricted area, but I don’t think it’s likely that it would be causing these beats.
Plus, when this started at 7am, it was far away to the south.
Gas emissions have been going up SO2 from 4 to 7 µg/m³ and H2S from 2 down to 1 and up to 3 µg/m³ between 7:00 and 9:00 in La Restinga. http://www.gobiernodecanarias.org/cmayot/calidadaire/datosOnLineEstacion.do?ides=124
Still some “chugging” going on at CHIE.http://www.01.ign.es/ign/head/volcaSenalesAnterioresDia.do?nombreFichero=CHIE_2011-12-28&ver=s&estacion=CHIE&Anio=2011&Mes=12&Dia=28&tipo=1
The intervals between the vertical lines in the spectrogram are surprisingly regular, about 11 lines per 10 minutes since 7.00 UTC. The interval is different, but they look much like the Sarmiento beats (even without a ship in the area).
Should have posted the link too:
earthquake. 28th 6.52 , latitude 27.7040 longitude 18.0380, depth 9.3, mag .8, W El Pinar
Not a very big one but closer to the surface.
What is happening to the chart are these movements the drumbeats again I have never seen a graph looking so strange before?
Yes, I think these are real drumbeats – they are not that regular as when the ship caused them. Check here when they started, first there are some drumbeats, then there’s a bit of continuous tremoring, then the beats again.
Sorry this is the link my above post refers to .
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No nos gusta nada la última actualización del espectograma de CCAN en Tenerife. Parece que entre las 8 y 9 de la mañana hay fiesta localizada (Fernando)
We do not like the latest update of the graph of NACC in Tenerife. There seems to be localized party (Fernando) between 8 and 9 a.m.
There are discussing something in the area of the parque natural in tenerife.
We discussed noise in the area of the National Park but it is information unconfirmed. We will be vigilant (Fernando)
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The gas emissions in the north of Tenerife have been between 3 and 4 µg/m³ in SO2 the last two days – still about half of the La Restinga emissions. But there are no indications about CO2. http://www.gobiernodecanarias.org/cmayot/calidadaire/datosOnLineEstacion.do
Always interesting to interprete “light signals” in the dark:
If you look at this time lapse webcam video of Teide (the highest mountain and volcano in the Tenerife National Park) from last night, you see a light rather high up on the mountain and it’s flickering … Can’t be a ship this time – but perhaps the mountain station of the Teide lift – or something else ….
today in spain is the day of the INOCENTES where people make jokes, and usually even newspapers invent several fake funny news. Nothing is happening in Teneife XD
New Post Up.
Finally back among the living again.
Tip of the day, try to avoid H1N1 flu… It was/is not fun to have.
I hope to have the energy to keap up the posting now. And I wont be going anywhere, anytime soon either.
Back to eating christmas ham now…
Consider Elderberry syrup next year! 🙂
Right now I would consider taking flu shots in the future…
It was a way of celebrating christmas that I will not recommend to anyone…
Really nice to see you back again Carl, many including myself had been worried by your absence. I had a flu this year, don’t know which one, (doctors never test over here) and although I have only had flu 3 times in my whole life this one knocked me for six. 4 days in bed for me is unheard (first time ever in 60 years) of and 4 weeks later I STILL have the after-effects so please be careful now.
Yay, you’re back!!! Sorry to hear about the flu though…
I thought you must be ill. So glad to hear from you again! Keep building your immune system. Stay warm.
Welcome back Carl. I sympathise. I had that last year at the same time as my Husband. We were both laid out on the sofas in the living room and had little energy to even argue as to who should walk into the kitchen and make some warm drinks. It was horrible.
I didn’t even want any hot soup…
And if I do not want to eat, well then I am bad… 🙂
Since the bar is closed, I’ll put this here.
Something to do while waiting resurrection of Bob….
And Welcome back Carl..