Sheepy Dalek – Name that Lava XIII

This week’s competition

There has been a change in the leadership board. Diana Barnes, Lughduniense and DFMorvan are now sharing the leadership together with Talla and Ursula.

Here is the new image!
happy guessing

This week we are asking you for the name of the volcanic system (1 point), the name of the volcano (1 point) and the lava (1 point). So 3 points can be won.

The Score is:
3 Diana Barnes
3 Lughduniense
3 DFMorvan
3 Talla
3 Ursula
2 Doug Merson
2 Hattie
2 Schteve42
2 Birgit
2 Irpsit
2 Stephanie Alice Halford
1 Jim
1 Luisport
1 Heather B
1 Jamie
1 Henri le Revenant
1 UKViggen
1 Alan C
1 Sissel
1 Bobbi

You have time till tomorrow, at least, till the riddle will be solved and the winners will be announced.
And here comes another version of  Alan’s Evil Riddle

Quote: “Good evening Gentle-folk!

How would Carl’s religiously-clothed mischievous sibling fit into a rock?
What is the rock?
What is the type locality and what am I?

I think Carl has 1 point for the riddle, but they have to get all 3 answers!

AlanC


Personal comment:
I am just posting both riddles. I have not the slightest clue about the answers on both and am not certain how many points will be handed out. My guess is 3 points on both. Still i wont take part in the competition because i saw both a day earlier then you all did, which would be an unfair advantage. I am also not sure when the winners will be announced and if there might be an extra point out for the grab, so maybe try to find some fitting beverages and information about the vegetation or something else you find fitting to describe your choice of volcano better, maybe but only maybe there might be a 4 point advised for that kind of information. But i am only the dragon not the master.
Best luck to you all.
Enjoy.
Spica

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231 thoughts on “Sheepy Dalek – Name that Lava XIII

  1. This is wrong – it should be:

    1 pt for the volcano
    1 pt per correctly identified lava
    1 pt for the beverage the region is famous for

    I ought to know as I put it together. ;)

    • 1+1+1 = 3

      I got one right!! Woo Hoo!!

      I imagine that the square root of a negative one will fit in there somewhere… :D

    • Huh, you said
      Henri le Revenant says: May 26, 2012 at 19:38 ,Sheepy Dalek – Name that Lava XII

      System: Vogelsberg Volcanic Field – Sissel
      Volcano: Vogelsberg – Talla
      Lava: Basanite (locale: Rauen Berg quarry) – Bobbi
      Beverages: Riesling, Müller-Thorgau and Eiswein – Ursula

      (( and it is Müller Thurgau as Ursula said ;) ))

      • No, no. I meant this week’s “Name That Lava”. It should be:

        1 pt for the volcano
        1 pt per correctly identified lava
        1 pt for the beverage the region is famous for

        • I bet you it contains water. And if not, probably a solution of H2O and C2H5OH with some sort of additive… probably acted upon by either Saccharomyces cerevisiae or Saccharomyces carlsbergensis to provide the C2H5OH and the unique flavor.

  2. The volcano is Khorgo ((Mongolian: Хорго) is an extinct volcano in the Arkhangai Province of Mongolia)
    The lava is basalt (basalt yurts)
    The system is Taryatu-Chulutu Volcanic Field

  3. @ Birgit
    Those 10mm crushed rock samples were graded crushed blast furnace slag we use here in Norfolk/Suffolk for minor road surface dressing!
    It does look like a vessicular lava and when we dry it at 100+ deg C does it stink of sulphide!!
    The interest would be to see how it compares with natural volcanic material!
    A

    • :-) Jepp. They, missed that one (its english re-write from his Icelandic blog), so a big fail for them? Nah. Volcanologist Prof. Haraldur Sigurðsson is probably right, “it could”, and basically has happened already – Hafnarfjörður town is built on such a lava! – So the “news”? Hardly any. But will it happen, probably, then question of today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, next decade, next century, next 1000 years, etc. Only time will tell. It will be a nuisance, likely expensive in relation to infrastructure of the area, but hardly that dangerous, certainly very newsworthy (like Vestmann Islands 23 Jan 1973). But Krisuvik Volcanic area is large, it can produce 25 km long fissure, and lavas will flow. Position of possible eruption is generally known. Nothing new there. Do I need say more. Yesterday I read an BS essay on the topic, written only last month. Did I post it. No. There is monitoring going on, since January there is DEFLATION. Thats all (for now).

  4. Beverage of the region: The Mongolian popular drink of fermented horse milk ‘Airag’?
    Chrystal clear drinking water?

  5. Total guess, the mountain means peak of the priests so I am going for Prestahnukur and Rhyolite

    • Have to run right now guys, good luck and have fun.
      Dean thinking of you. Hugs.

  6. Cumbre Vieja Volcanic System/ Volcano, La Palma, Canaries.
    Beverage: Baracito Coffee (with condensed milk)
    Lava: Phono -Tephrite :P

    • My fav drink in Rota was espresso, coffee and whiskey… sweegened to taste… but after a while you don’t care.

      • Been there, done that–but whisky? Many anis & coke (coca cola, that is)–that will make you not care! Most enjoyed the awesome sherry–three years worth waaaaay back when. . .

      • Gawd at the Sherry. I was lucky enough to have along a fellow First Class who was the embarked Comodore’s cook. He had been stationed there and was quite fluent in Spanish. I saw little corner bars and local culture that none of the rest of the crew even knew existed. It was a blast.

        • Google Earthed it many times—traveling down memory lane. Would like to think the Sangria Shack,, as we called it, down in old part of town with its grapevine canopy remains still with little changed.

  7. Didn´t Irpsit say that Hekla is all white again?

    Hekla on May 27th. (left) and June 1st. (right).
    Here you go with a very easy, find the difference, riddle and no points will be awarded for that. Sorry.
    Am i seeing things or not?

    • White at the summit but less snow lower down; thawing due to more sun & warmer weather :?

    • And IIRC the bare patches coincide with the area of the 2000 eruption?

      • Bare patches? Both yes and no. “All white” is basically not correct, but from Irprit side (sideways) view from distance it is. This view is from one end only. Hekla is like an inverted “Longboat”, and here you see only one end (and a little if the sides towards the middle). It has deep snow in parts on its sides, and some glacial like cracks on one point. Was there yesterday.

    • I just notice a dark spot today where there was none on the 27th. The other spots are maybe a tiny little bit bigger but this one was not there. And the images were taken at the same time of day.
      Yes and of course there are more sheep on the right side.

    • You are right. New “spot” is there, but so are others growing larger. I do not think this is unusual, given that last five days have been very sunny!!! I was on other side, so did not see this side.

  8. AlanC’s riddle:

    You are the Mönchsberg in Salzberg.
    The Mönchsberg is a massif of solidified river crushed stone, deposed as a delta into the interglacial see (Mindel-Riss Interglacial), which was not cleared away thereafter by the glaciers protected from of the hard limestone of the adjacent Festungsberg and so remained (source: Wiki).

  9. Baikal Rift System
    Taryatu-Chulutu Volcanic Field (Hangayn of Tariat Volcanic Field)
    Khorog (Horog) Crater
    Baslat with ultrmaific xenoliths
    Lava flow from Khorog Crater was radiocarbon dated at 4930 years BP and dammed the Chulutu River to form Lake Tekhin-Tsagan-Nur

  10. Guys & girls, google image search is getting better – now it’s recognising mirrored images. Nog going to post the direct link for you, nor will I post the guess for volcano name, but just sayin’.
    My guess for lava: basaltic trachyandesite
    And beverage: salty tea with milk.

      • Yeah Carl will have a hard time finding new images. And i still dont know but if you look at Karens pic…..

        • No, I tried the trick with google but was a bit late. Also I think you have to check first with G (this time the picture and search word volcano did the trick so pretty easy !).
          As a counter example the Vesuvius picture I tried in google and it did not work.

          • Remembered it from a previous search (think the search was to do with the Siberian Trapps – a long straw looking for a crater there). Used GVP & Google / Bing to confirm.

            Think I found Vesuvius on an image search for craters (the second or third attempt at it) – which is embarassing as I have a near identical image in my own photo collection :oops:

          • For Vesusius it is normal to have similar pictures because it is taken from the rim of the crater. There probably must be thousands of near identical pictures ! I have one too and that’s why I recognized it pretty quickly.
            Congratulations by the way !

  11. My answers to Alan’s riddle:
    Bald Friar Rock, Maryland
    Rock type: serpentinite
    Locality: under water, sumberged in Conowingo reservoir

  12. OK, this is probably totally wrong too, because there is not much volcanic here, but it’s entertaining:
    1) Carl’s mischievous religiously clad sibling = waterfall Friaren in Geirangerfjord in Norway (Friar = monk in English, but “att fria” in Swedish = to propose a marriage, so Friaren = the Suitor in Norwegian, a sibling language to Carl’s Swedish)
    2) The rock : eclogite (http://www.verdsarvfjord.no/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=77&Itemid=161&lang=en)
    3) Locality type: fjord. What am I: a waterfall
    And now I want to go to Norway!

  13. Heh, in process of googling various combinations of rock/berg munk/monch/friar/priest/prast, etc. I came across something totally cool:
    http://www.bergmoench.com/De/
    Now I want to go to Norway, climb those mountains above the fjords and then take the easy way down… :-)

  14. So the religiously clothed isn’t monk, brother or friar (synonyms)? Then let’s try Bishop Tuff, Long Valley.

  15. OOH I sense a chance for the ‘night shift’!
    Night All :-)

    • Nighty night, o mighty whiskysoaked cephalopod! :-)
      I think I give up for tonight also, so BBGN to everyone!

  16. Preacher’s Rock or also known as Pulpit Rock made of granite in Western Norway. It is a cliff with a deep crack.

  17. Searching the minerals did not help (so if it is a mineral, it is really devious). My next guess is:

    Priest Hole Cave in Dove Crag, a fell in the English Lake District. Dove Crag is volcaniclastic sandstone with andesite sills and breccia.

  18. I posted this over on the Eruptions blog, and I figured I would post it here as well since I think it’s an interesting topic that I couldn’t find any information on, and could potentially interest some others.

    Ever since learning more and more about volcanism, one thing has bugged me. What are the differences between the massive caldera systems located on subduction zones. (Campi Flegri, Taupo, Aira, Toba, Altiplano) vs. the supermassive caldera systems that seem to operate independently of subduction zones (Long Valley, Yellowstone, Valles, Eifel?)

    Since it’s been widely assumed that supervolcanic systems sprout from hot-spot batholiths, How does a massive system such as the Lake Toba Complex fit in to subduction zone volcanism?

    If my understanding is correct, mantle plumes theoretically operate independently of plate tectonics since they form within the mantle/core and not within the crust itself. So logically speaking, if the “supervolcanic” systems located near a subduction zone (most are) are formed via mantle plumes, then they should also show a Geologic trail similar to Yellowstone’s path through the United States, Hawaii’s trek through the pacific, or other extinct caldera complexes have shown. That being said, the only “supervolcanic” systems that show this type of activity are Yellowstone, and *potentially* the Altiplano Complex in South America (although that has seemed to jump all over the place, and is potentially due to rifting?).

    Are we to believe that Yellowstone is categorically different than Toba, Aira, Taupo, and the other massive calderas seen around the world? And if this is the case, then how did the other “supervolcanoes” aquire the magma chambers large enough to compete with Yellowstone, yet somehow haven’t shown any major geological timestamps that you would expect from a long-term hot spot.

    Are we to believe that of the 8 major non yellowstone “supervolcanic” caldera systems, they all are still in their “first” eruptive period, thus explaining the lack of a historic island-arc style trail? Or finally, could it be possible that either a mantle plume can move with a plate, or a supervolcanic system can be caused by standard subduction magmatism?

    I may be wrong about some of this (in terms of whether there has been signs of a particular system operating independently of the crust as a normal hot-spot would) – but that’s why I pose this as a question as well.

    • I’ll hazard an answer, but I’m no expert.

      From what I have gathered, Hotspots can have more than one type of “source.” Mid-level melt formation, or a Mantle Plume from deeper in the Earth. Chemically, they should show a difference in the magma, specifically the Helium isotopes. This line of inquiry have led some to state that Icelands hotspot is not driven by a mantle plume. Another oddity of it, is that positionally, it doesn’t track with other hotspots. (Global Tectonics 3rd ed) If, like Hawaii, it were fed from deep, it should behave and track like other hotspots. If it is truely a midlevel or relatively shallow source, one possible mechanism would be a fragment of crust thrust under or over ridden by another segment of crust. This would explain the seemingly abnormal thickness of Iceland’s crust. Volcanic islands typically do not have up to 35 or 40 km thick crust… which Iceland does. Nearby, the Jan Mayen microcontinent, a former piece of Greenland, is welded/sutured to the Eurasian plate. It managed to get there from a rifting episode that sliced it off, and then the spreading center jumped to the other side of it leaving it adrift. My thought is that there were more than one crust fragments in play and that Iceland got the pancake stack version of a similar scenario. Either way, there was a subduction zone in the vicinity at some time before Iceland formed. This may account for some of the odd magma chemistry of some of the volcanoes as material from that time is re-mobilized and put in to play with the other magma.

      Okay.. that’s Iceland. Campi Flegri is along the border of what used to be the Tehys Sea. The Tehys Sea has been well destroyed and it’s pieces range from Italy to north of Iran. Directly to the West is the Central Med, and to the East is the Adriatic Sea. I don’t have a firm identity to it yet, but the area to the west is south of the Adriatic plate. This area seems to be a microplate unto itself, separate from both the Adriatic plate, the African Plate and the Pelagonia Micro-continent (which has become welded to Eurasia) The border between that region and the Adriatic plate is called the Gargano–Dubrovnik zone and it may stretch as far as midway to Napoli. What significance it plays is debatable, but it does terminate pretty near that part of Italy. And Italy, well, Italy is best described as a tortured region. To the north, west of the Apennines, a “slab” of some sort dangles vertically under an old subduction zone. To the North is a fossil supervolcano that has been flipped on it’s side and weathered away so that you have a nice cross sectional profile.. showing it’s structure down to about 25 km. On the East side of the Adriatic, between Pelagonia and the Apulia (adriatic) sections, “Suprasubduction” has gone on. This is where subduction occurs, stops, reverses and subducts the other way, then reverses.. etc. At least two, possible three cycles of this is recorded in the rock strata.

      My point in all of this, is that a lot of things that are going on can afford the opportunity for “shallow” melt to form.

      In all cases, the driving factor for “supervolcano” formation is the rate of heat flow into a system. Subduction environments can easily generate enough melt (heat) that accumulates faster than “normal” volcano processes can vent.

      At least that’s the way I understand it.

      Hope it helps.

        • And interesting to see in New Scientist this week that geologists (unnamed) have decided it is completely safe to drill into magma pockets at Campi Flegri. The plan was postponed but is now up and running again…

          They’re the experts! Is this a case of ‘might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb’ type thinking? I recall that Italian geologists were sued for saying an earthquake could occur, and then it did…

  19. Tee Hee
    Do we need a clue?
    Karen’s on the right lines (21.49), but it’s not that devious!!
    Another clue later today perhaps if needed?

    • Dear chameleon, you never cease to amaze me with your choice of titles.
      And in this case,( which i had to google again, the german version of wikipedia is more accurate then the english one which states:……
      The clypeus is one of the sclerites that makes up the “face” of an arthropod….
      German version also has:…. Bei Faltenwespen beispielsweise dient die unterschiedliche Zeichnung der Stirnplatte (in Form von Punkten, Anker etc.) neben anderen Merkmalen zur Bestimmung der verschiedenen Arten…..

        • lol, i really have to think differently whenever i read something you came up with. So in this case, dear mischievous one, you got ( an endlessly long) mail. :evil:

  20. Alan´s riddle:
    “Carl” must be a reference to Sweden, southern most part is Skania, which has a high content of kaolinite (made from weathered (igneous) granite?). Early jurassic ammonites can be found in Skane (“On liassic ammonites from Skane, southern Sweden”, by R.A. Reyment, Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis), although not in kaolinite layers, but in jurassic (association with Caol Ila – across from Jura Island) sediments. Sediments were compressed during glaciation forming rocks like flint stone, often containing petrified animals.
    “…religiously-clothed mischievous sibling…” may be chalk cliffs Møns Klint (Denmark) or Mönchsgut (Rügen, Germany) across the baltic sea (calcium carbonate).

  21. For Alan’s riddle my shot in the dark is a Fossil can be found in rock.
    The Nebraska Ash falls occurred during a Volcanic eruption in Idaho about 12 million years ago which buried a large area in volcanic ash, killing many creatures and preserving some of them as fossils.
    Ash is used in religious ceremony on Ash Wednesday, applied to the foreheads of the congregation. Hence the religious clothing reference.
    As the fossils are preserved in a layer of volcanic ash, maybe the ash became sandstone over time?
    The fossil he refers to is Aepycamelus, which was a large animal with long, giraffe-like legs and neck. Aepy being the mischievous part and presumably Alan is suggesting that Carl is related to a camel or giraffe…or is that just a bit too cheeky?

  22. It is a common igneous mineral – you’re all being too clever!
    What do nuns wear?

  23. We are still missing one type of lava.

    KarenZ got Khorgo volcano, Basaltic Thracyandesite and Basanite.

    Chryphia got Airag.

  24. Alan’s riddle: Igneous rock containing quartz. Type location is volcanic or sedimentary. Carl’s sibling is hiding in a geode.

  25. One last guess on the riddle. The rock is granite. Carl’s sibling gets into the rock via rain or snow. The type location is either northern (Arctic) or high latitude. It is a glacier.

  26. Heads up.
    An updated Overview Map of the Icelands IMO SIL stations. Note them listed now are the Vöttur (vot), dyn (Dyngjuháls), jok (Jökulheimar), mjo (Mjóaskarð), ent (Enta ), aus (Austmannsbunga). One not run anymore seems one south of Eyjafjallajökull (think it was Þorvalseyri).
    *Note: When Spain closes down info pages on El Hierro, as “nothing of interest anymore”, the IMO increases its coverage and public services, taking advantage of “period of nothing special happening” to prepare. Do I need say more?*

      • No, the Icelanders are really the best.
        They provide all kinds of info even borehole strains.
        They move their cams, they have streaming cams they leave streaming even if nothing is up so we can count sheep, they go clean their cams when some foreigner thousands of miles away complains his view is not clear over the internet.
        They really provide a super service 24/7 and all the year long.

        And i ll add the link right away.

  27. Name that Lava XIII

    The volcano is Khorgo, Mongolia – KarenZ (after 21 minutes so perhaps it was too easy?)
    Khorgo erupted Basaltic Thracyandesite, Basanite (KarenZ) and Phonobasanite (Chryphia)

    Mongolia is famous for the femented horse milk known as Airag (Chryphia)

    Congratulations and well done KarenZ and Chryphia!

    PS. Since there was some initial confusion, I’ll leave it up to Carl to decide how many points you scored each.

      • Nearly there!! Try a common igneous rock mineral that twins easily – its on that page (somewhere) and the ******* is mentioned…..OOOH can’t wait…….. :-)

        • I don’t think Calcite is ever a pseudomorph of this mineral – normally decomposes to not calcite …. !!! There’s no Ca in it either!!
          Pigseggs maybe!!
          Have a Ledaig!!

        • YIPPEE
          Ruddy Moonraker does it again!!! :-) :-)
          Carlsbad twin = Carl’s mischievous sibling
          religious clothes= habit= crystal form
          Now; where’s the type locality and what’s it in!!

  28. After coffing a lot and getting rid of parts of the fever with a bowl of Tzatziki, I am happy to see that people have gotten both the lava questions and the riddle correct.

    Thanks to Alan I had a dream about how my brother would look as a nun. :mrgreen:

    Now back to some lazy coughing again.

    • And my huge personal thanks to Spica for saving the fridays post as I mailed her for help as I felt that I would not be able to do it myself.

      • You are welcome, Anytime again, as you know. Glad you feel a little better.
        Then soon, maybe, you can go around and shout Ding Ding Ding. ;)

        • Henrik did a good job at Dinging away, I just hope that he can sum ‘em up in end-of-the-ding comment that is easy to find.
          And no, I do not really feel that much better, but I have been fed with souvlaki and tzatziki by a greek friend that is a cook. So no I am half comatose in the sofa. Probably going to fall asleep again soon :)
          Burp!
          (I love tzatziki when it is overfilled with garlik)

          • Me too, and fortunatey my mate as well, garlic heals i am certain. But while you are still here. And so you can heal, next draft in tomorrow? and the Venus thing on thuesday?
            Then you have time t recover.
            Unless something important happens of course.

          • I did so at 15:33, blog time. Don’t forget the sherry-cask-aged beverage of The Isles! Wunnerful medicinal properties in that.

    • The mind boggles!! As long as he wasn’t fiddling with his rosary……!
      Hope you are getting better and you haven;t been too much strain on the ‘nurse’! :-D

      • My “nurse” has not been that much better then me, but she got it a week before me…

  29. Did we all like this week’s puzzle!!! (Ducks quickly)

    Wait ’til next week…. :evil:

  30. Just trying to catch up…….Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll’s Jubilee is not to blame for my lack of attention to the bar here…Family stuff and as I do not want to miss out on the strange diseases here I have been toddlerized again :D. @ Judith…. my commiserations. I do hope things improve for you.
    @ Dean what dreadful happenings in your family. My thoughts are with you and I sincerely hope better times will be with you.

    I missed the quiz and the riddle and feel something has been missing in my life this weekend :D
    I am watching Katla…… the snow is certainly melting today. The weather looks lovely in Iceland so I think sunshine is helping Mrs Katla disrobe.

  31. For those of you who follow cricket, this comment on the latest round of County Championship matches is rather good:

    “I understand that Steve Harmison’s performance in the Lancashire second innings also recalled some of his England days; specifically, those spent at Brisbane in 2006

    • Watchdog… they need new watchdog proof reading their touughts,, not even New-England will do, thats in USA. New-Ireland, nah..

      • Ah, now I get it. Its absense, beeing at Brisbaine makes him absent, so his performany were like that .. like he was not there at all..

    • When he bowled the first ball of the Ashes and it was called “the worst ball in history”? A bit harsh. What did he do today?

    • “England days; specifically, those spent at Brisbane” ……………someone is geographically challenged :?

      • Nono, Steve Harmison had a horror match in the 1st Test of the 2006-7 Ashes series http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7Y6T44tzIc and never really looked back, his series not getting much better.

        Talla, while Graham Onions got 11-95 from the match and 6-52 from 24 overs as Lancashire chased down the 200 needed with four balls to spare (YAY!!!), Harmison conceded 60 from 14.2 as hapless as wicketless overs, the last, unfinished, of which read 3nb-1-4. The writer most likley is a Durham supporter, disappointed with Harmison and blames him for losing a match he thinks they should have won. The way he says it though, is marvellous.

        • It is! I like the way he expects his readers to know what he means – I had to look it up. Cricket commentators and writers are wonderful. I love listening to the Test Match commentary on the radio – 7-8 hours of intelligent and entertaining chat with a bit of what’s happening on the ground thrown in.

          • It used to be anyway. Not that Sir (wtf???) Ian Botham isn’t entertaining, mind you.

    • What is it with us Swedes and our utter fascination with Cricket? We do not even play it here.
      (And I must admit to being an utter fan of the battilicious activities)

  32. Even if my docs set me on a very strict diet, this blog sure feeds me well with spam, i am eating up to 50 spam messages per day here lately.
    But enough for now.
    BBGN All

  33. likely spam be propotional to popularity ;-)
    (40,000+ comments already)
    BBGN Watchful Dragon

    • :) Not quite, we have 39,058 comments right this very moment, i will be trying to watch it and announce who made comment # 40000.
      Would be faster if GeoLoco and Carlos would be here. Anyone got a clue where they vanished to?

      • Carlos is at Romantic retreat with his wife. I though am starting to wonder when he will be back…

      • And GeoLoco is very busy in his real life, but he sends his regards.

  34. Who says you can’t learn shit from Wikipedia.

    In another forum, a topic came up that I responded to, but looking up info to craft my response, I got side tracked. I noted that Wikipedia had a formula for Life Expectancy based on per capita GDP. So, I plotted it. The formula listed an R² of 0.69. In case you don’t know, the R² tells you how well the formula fits the data. (coefficient of determination). For the longest time, I have been using a sigma to determine the expected bounds of where the real world data would fall in relation to a formula. You do this by taking the square root of the sum of the squared residuals divided by the number of samples. Cool, but actually calculating the R² was beyond me. (I’m not a stat person)

    Plotting out the Wikipedia formula, I got what I expected ( I used the CIA World Factbook for Lie Expectancy and GDP data). But the curve… looked a bit pekid. It skirted a large number of data points in the middle. So, dropping the data into Eureka’s formulize, I let it chew on it for a few minutes. After a while, I pulled one of the formulas the ran it against the real world data. It had a smaller sigma, which generally means it was a better fit than the Wikipedia formula.

    So… knowing roughly what the R² should> be, I went about digesting how the thing was supposed to be calculated. After I figured that out, I get an R² for the Wiki formula of 0.54. That’s not a miss… I didnt’ use the exact data that they did.. at least I don’t think I did. They used data from the other Wiki artical on GDP, and I didn’t really want to run around trying to verify their data, so I went to the Factbook which I know has good data. (at least it’s mostly consistent) Doing the R² on the Eureka derived formula gives and R² of 0.84… which is a much better fit.

    Here’s the plot.

    http://i50.tinypic.com/iz86zs.png

    I know, it’s not volcano related, but skill sets are skill sets and you always have to work on them to get better. Either way, it beats getting into a bar fight.

    This was the finale of my day of making Peach Pies after my wife asked me what I was doing. I had originally started out making a peach wine and I figured doing the pies would be much quicker than the wine.. which could take a few weeks.

    Besides… I like pie.

    • Even though she says my pies are too sweet, I notice that every time I go by there, an extra piece is missing.

      • Mrs Lurking is just making sure that she is correct in her criticism. She is just training her taste buds. After all, all good science is based on replicated experiments!

        • I hope you made a lot of pie… Mrs Lurking needs at least 20 samples…. Here is the Maths bit…… ( Regulars here know I am Math-phobic so this comment after only my first coffee may indicate some deviation from my norm)

          http://www.westgard.com/lesson22.htm

    • I do too, Snake and Pygmy being a favourite of mine albeit hard to order these PC days.

      • I can understand eating the snake. But eating pygmies are a bit beyond even my culinary habbits.
        Now I am curious how you came upon that feeding habbit? Are there rampant pygmies running around in your part of Sweden? Is there a cook-book for them? Have anybody started a TV-cooking show for those with that appetite? :mrgreen:

      • Why import them? Sure Georgia is known for its peaches.. or at least likes to think they are. Even to the point of painting a water tower along I-75 to look like Giant peach…. that more closely resembles a swollen and slightly bruised bare arse. (complete with crevasse)

        No. geologically the soil here is not that different. Nor is the weather. Our onions are just as sweet as the “premier” Vidalia onions from Georgia, so in my opinion they can keep their over hyped produce.

        Don’t get me wrong, they grow good peaches and good onions. But when you get to the point where the location is the brand… well, it ain’t all that and a bag of rocks.

  35. Good morning Everyone . A typical UK Holiday Weekend. It’s pouring with rain. It makes me feel so…. so…… British!
    @ Lurking……. A brilliant plot which supports the hypothesis that you can’t take it with you when you go and the other Rich and poor are the same underneath. Mind you a little more money may help to buy a little more time but certainly not eternal youth.

    To this mornings happenings. Whatever is happening here South of Langjökull ? Here is the latest quake. To save space and to pinpoint the location I am not pasting all the others.
    Sunday
    03.06.2012 04:17:34 64.524 -20.698 5.8 km 1.5 90.02 13.4 km N of Skjaldbreið
    http://en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/earthquakes/langjokull/
    Surely not this volcano waking up?
    http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcanoes/europe/iceland/prestahnukur/

    • The rain has just re-started here in wet Wiltshire after a very wet night and a short dry spell. I made my list of things to take camping when the weather was wonderful and I’m having to revise it radically – taking out the summer cottons and doubling the winter woollens! A Jubilee volcano would be exciting! But today is a good day for sitting indoors watching other people get very wet at the Jubilee Thames Pageant. :-D

      • We think on the same lines..I was thinking about going down to London to visit my son and celebrate the Jubilee in the capital where it is all happening. I am so glad I didn’t. The sofa and nice hot cups of coffee and chocolate biscuits is a better way to celebrate even though I may be missing out on the actual atmosphere of the real thing. I have finally accepted I am at the age of comfort rather than adventure!

    • The quakes have not been checked by a seismologist yet and I recall the latest episode at Katla which had similarly deep quakes which once checked turned out to be associated with the glacier. Not saying this is too, only that I defer judgement for the moment.

  36. @ Dean
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time I do not know them but please give the children a special hug and wishes for the strength they need. It sounds as though they have a very close and loving family around them who will support and care for them.

    • Dean says:
      June 3, 2012 at 08:03 ….on the previous post page
      A short message from me to all of you. Also our neice (46) is died friday afternoon in hospital she and her husband (51) were burried next wednesday its very sad such a tragic accident . friendly greetings to all of you thanks for thinking at us. Deanne

      • Diana, Thank you for drawing our attention to this sad news.

        Dean. my deapest sympathy to you and your family; it is hard when you lose loved ones, especially in those circumstances. Your neice and her husband will be sadly missed. Thinking of you all.

      • Oh, Dean, how sad for your family and your niece’s husband’s family. My condolences to all..

    • Oh my, I missed this.
      My heartmost felt condolances to Deanne in her time of bereavement.
      (Hugs)
      Carl

    • Etna is smoking, Sakua Jiama had Pyro and then the screen went black, Pop is putting a little light show with smoke, looks pretty,

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