Sheepy Dalek – Name that Lava XV

We now have a leading duo: Ursula and DFMorvan

This weeks riddle, is posted by me because Carl is busy. Our dragonmaster did not specify how many points are going to be awared, so try to give as much information as you possibly can. Maybe he´ll go into more detail when he returns later this evening.

Update: 1 point for volcano, 1 point for the part of the volcano responsible for the eruption, and the last point for the name of the lava.

Update#2: And a fourth point…What is the regional totem animal.
 The Score is:
4 Ursula
4 DFMorvan
3 Diana Barnes
3 Lughduniense
3 Talla
2 Doug Merson
2 Hattie
2 Schteve42
2 Birgit
2 Irpsit
2 Stephanie Alice Halford
2 Cryphia
1 Jim
1 Luisport
1 Heather B
1 Jamie
1 Henri le Revenant
1 UKViggen
1 Alan C
1 Sissel
1 Bobbi

Here comes the next instalment of  Evil Alan’s Riddle

“Hey VC Dragon! (bows in respect)
The children are getting bored with no action
Please give’m this to keep ’em happy, Uncle Carl and Aunt Hailey can join in too, ‘cos I sha’nt give the answer……yet unless someone gets it:
Elgar’s mineral is a riddle in itself!
What’s my name?
What am I found in?Your humble Human(?)
Alan C

Master Carl said, the dragons may join the competition. Because he sent the image but we did not get any hint.
So happy guessing and have a nice time traveling the world on the internet.
( It is really amazing where i often end up, trying to figure out which volcano could be involved.)
Good luck!


374 thoughts on “Sheepy Dalek – Name that Lava XV

  1. Gosh – it’s nice to be back here. Hope everyone is happy and well.

    So what’s happening? I’ve been off the grid for a while, but then, as the old saying goes,
    What happens in Sweden, stays in Sweden!!

    • Welcome back , BBGM to all who are waking up and goodnight , I am falling asleep at the key board. See you tomorow.

    • If you live in the regions affected, you’ll know that warm weather comes from the WSW to S while the winds from the Arctic (NE), especially if they have passed Russia before reaching here, bring the really cold weather. When you read that article, you get that feeling of truth having stared you in the face for years and you too dumb to realise it.

  2. Alan sent some scottish roadstones and i put them into the SEM. They are of volcanic origin,but some parts (inside the stones) seem organic.
    Whoever wants to take a look:


    Comments are welcome,because we have not much of an idea what the regular holes are.( i think it looks like shells from mussels)

    • Good job! Some input on the inclusions:

      Peridot – inclusions are Ludwigite needles.
      Pyrope – most likely apatite (zircons tend to crack the surrounding crystal and thus have a “halo”).
      Ruby – seems to be the liquid/gas-filled bubbles that together form what to the loupe-assisted eye looks like a feather.
      Emerald- the “dark flakes” could be very thin crystals of hematite and the thin lines forming squares could be tubular inclusions formed by the passage of minute particles through the crystals (often quartz). Have you tried to follow these lines because you could find the culprit at the end?

      • Thank you Henri, It will be added.
        And i looked into the particle a little but i did not have much time, had some health probs and schools end means a heck of a lot of work in the museum.

      • One Ruby is filled with glass ( Bleiglas in german) the other with Borax. Sodium borate,
        Why am i doing such images. The gem polisher association hold an exam once a year, every year in a different european city. Next year it wil be in Linz. I know someone who is involved with the organization of that event and the organizers want to provide an event for the last day. So all wil come to the museum and get a guided tour and then we will look at Gemstones in the Bioab. This was the first prepartion to test what one can see. We wil continue this work and publish lots more images but next time of unpolished stone, because you could only see the polishmarks inthe SEM and not the crystal structure.

        • Thank you for sharing the photos. Looks like you will get an impressive collection for the guided tour. 😀

          • I am not showing them during the tours, not even if i work normally in the BioLab. We have our written guides which we have to learn, so i have a program i have to stick to. And quite a lot of terms which have to be mentioned and things that have to be shown. Noone is really interested in my hobby in the museum. Just occasionally, when some visitor is really interested or some visitors come by while i am working at the scopes, and they seem interested, i show them. Most of the images got trashed in the museum, almost allof them are now only on my flickraccount. ( And i have copies at home of course)

          • Oh yeah the special one for the gemmnologists. Thats a programm i am going to do for those people. The tour will be a normal one. Only later we will go to the scopes and have a look, because there you see what those people have to proove they know in the exam. To tell a natural stone apart from one thats been worked on. But this is another private hobby again. I am doing that programm on my day off. ( Sunday) and i am not getting paid for the preparations or so. They people will pay an entrance fee but i wont see a single cent of that money. It is just one of the things i do, in order to be allowed to use the microscopes.

        • That is common practice – filling cracks in natural corundum (ruby and sapphire) with coloured glass or borax – in order to enhance the appearance and make a specimen too flawed to be cut into a gem cuttable and sale-able.

          A word of advice if you’re thinking about buying expensive gemstones – buy ones that do have inclusions that prove its natural, unenhanced origin! If you apply the diamond clarity scale, buying even a P1 (pique 1, easily visible to the naked eye but little detriment on visual appearance of gem) is far preferable than buying what turn out to be a flawless synthetic or doctored natural.

        • Just out of curiosity – are the rubies from Burma (Myanmar) filled with glass or Borax? Or something else?

    • PS. Useful also for self-certification as a reason for absence from work (You really wanted a day off to watch the European Football finals)………Far flung volcanic ash from anywhere in the world can be blamed!

    • Loved that one.
      It should be saved somehow for future use…
      “Keep safe from contracting Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis!” To people if they go to check out a volcano.

  3. @All:
    I would like to say that Spica killed the competition this time as the good and dutifull Dragon that she is. 4 points to Spica.

  4. Just a comment regarding the unknown object on the seabed whatever it is looks like it had managed to land perfectly inbetween and below the ocean in the strait slap bang in the middle of the two countries and whatever it is avoided crashing onto land.

  5. And regarding the odd round thing on the seafloor.
    Here is some more data I translated from a swedish Morning Paper (not english tabloid) that interviewed the dive-chief.
    The object was found the 19th of June last year. During the winter they prepaired the current expedition. The object is 180 meters in circumference, it has slid 1200 meters downwards on the seafloor incline. There is a secondary object 150 meters from the main object. A TV company is doing a documentary on the project. During this summer they will do surveys of the object, and also track down ships and lift a couple of airplanes.
    I re-iterate, this is a professional salvage company, not a bunch of looneys looking for UFOs.
    I am looking forward to the airing of the tv program.

    And now for my guess at what it is (which coincides with the Swedish Royal Marines opinion). It is most likely a submersed Soviet cold war movable sub-marine docking station. They where ingenious contraptions that served as portable bases for refueling and reloading. It was probably abandoned at the end of the cold war, and subsequently slid down the incline due to movements in the silt-bed. Or abandoned due to having done the slidearoo.

    • Like I said, the aliens. Even the Royal Swedish Navy say so. :mrgreen:

      For those not in the know – during the Cold War, one of the problems facing the Soviet Navy was where to base their MRBM submarines. Due to technological inferiority, they knew most of them would be hunted down and sunk almost immediately if they couldn’t get past the GIUK line.

      Now, if you know anything about the Baltic, you will know that the eastern part is shallow and covered by a very even bed of sand, silt, clay and mud – a sub hiding there can be seen from space. The Swedish side however, is a labyrinth of canyons and hunting a sub there even with softa equipment is extremely difficult.

      Now guess where the Soviets intended to base their nuclear armed Golf-class, diesel-electic submarines in order to be able to target not only Western Europe, but primarily the USN hunter-killer groups (with a carrier at its heart) that were to close the GIUK line?

      This is where this pod comes in – how do you supply these subs that may need to be on station for weeks longer than their endurance without the need to return to base?

    • That would be interesting! I saw the WWII Mulberry Harbours on the Normandy beaches last week – they are huge! So I agree that a Cold War docking station could be the answer and actually more feasible than some of the other options.

        • I bow to your superior knowledge, obtained first-hand no doubt. Tell me, what do you use for pillow talk? 😈

          • Wellllll! BGS, where I used to work, had an Open Day and they wanted me to go along as Fred Flintstone………… dressed accordingly – NO Carl!!! With a “lion-skin”

          • And that explained quite a few things…
            But, in all honesty I must admit that the ladies would be happy. :mrgreen:

      • I have searched all over the internet and all the Cold War docking stations seemed to have been built in underground caves and tunnels.
        There is nothing I can find on the interent that mentions any docking stations being found or secretly used on the sea bed.

        • Ah, the Internet has missed something 🙂

          I have seen one decaying on the shoreline of the military harbour in Murmansk, looked different though. Feels odd that all those old Soviet inventions nowadays are deemed so boring that not even google can find them. Times are changing.

          • Hi Judith! Not everything is on the internet, particularly things that are/were secret. As Carl says, no one seems to be that interested in the Cold War at the moment. No doubt when official secrets are released there will be more interest. Remember the Soviets said they had no submarines in Swedish waters and then one grounded (I can’t remember the details). 🙂

          • There was also a submersible amphibious base used for mini-subs found outside of Gålö in the 90s…
            The Russians loved to put crap like that out way back when, and it is still a bit of a touchy subject.

          • Please excuse me for posting this. I tried to find some more info about this find with some youtube searches and in the process found this. Some nonsense in here easily explained as dirt on lenses. But some stuff in here that has left me seriously wondering if anything is possible, provided that the footage is genuine.

    • It certainly was a noisy critter. Take a look at how long the area fidgets around with accommodating the stress change.

      Two Helicorders.

      • For those who are not very familiar with the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ), part of the reason it is so dangerous is because of it’s underlying geology. For example, if Calfornia has a 6.0 (or greater) magnitude quake and the New Madrid has a 6.0 (or greater) magnitude quake, the destruction area from the New Madrid will cover an area 20 times greater than the California quake. A 7.5 or greater would be felt in half of the U. S. and have damage in about 20 states. Violent shaking causes the sand and water to come to the surface in the forms of liquefaction and/or sand blows. Structures don’t do well in that kind of environment. Take a look at the helicorders from the 3.3 magnitude posted by GeoLurking above and you will have some idea what a big one would look like.

  6. Interesting earthquake:

    ATHENS, GREECE . 2012-06-17 17:00:00.0 UTC . 37.58 N ; 23.43 E . 0 km . ML 6.5

    • Uhm…
      I think that today we should leave the poor Greeks alone with their miseries. Football, election angst, leaving Europe… and not to forget that the factory producing Ouzo went bankcrupt 3 days ago.

      • And also a nice solar storm, but it seems they prefer to occur when it is 24 hour day in Iceland.

        This year has been very poor northern-light-wise in Iceland. It has been a very weak solar maximum so far.

        • I guess I will sue all those guys predicting a huge solar storm in 2012. Lol 🙂 Now that I am in Iceland, there is no big all volcanoes going at once disaster, or killer solar storm. No fun 😉 lol Seriously speaking this means coming decades will be probably a bit colder climate.

        • I have no idea how bright the northern lights are – are they completely invisible in daylight? Even if the storm is as strong as this ongoing one (according to spaceweather it will continue for the next 1-2 days).

    • How to lick Greece back into shape – threaten to foreclose and sell the lot to the Turks.

      • That would probably be the thing to make the Greeks shape up the economy at any cost…
        Regardless, it is hard to get good Tzatziki, I wish they could start exporting it on 5 liter barrels…

        • I haven’t seen a lot of people more paranoid of another group of people than the Turks and Greeks. A lot of animosity there.

          Imagine if Turkish Banks bought Greek notes… and then repossessed the country when they defaulted…

          • Yeah, well they have been banging at each other since before the battle of Thermopyle.
            It is odd what old animosities does to people.

          • One of my favourites is the battle of Navarino as an example of when “Things Go Wrong”:

            In 1827, the Greek struggle for independence had reached a very delicate point. England generally supported the Greeks, but did not want to weaken Turkey to the point where Russia could gain access to the Mediterranean. Russia, as can be imagined, was very much in favour of Greek independence, especially if Turkey could be weakened. France, the third party to the 1827 Treaty of London, rather shared Britain’s aims.

            Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Codrington, K.C.B., a veteran of Trafalgar, was appointed to the overall command of the Allied fleet and was sent to Navarino to enforce a ceasfire. Unfortunately, in the typically high-handed manner of the British at the time, he succeeded in wiping out the Turkish fleet which sent British and French diplomats into a fever-pitch, apologising to the Sultan for this “untoward event”.

            Codrington was made a scape-goat and severely castigated for disobedience to his orders, but in the end he was awarded the highest accolades, if not by his own Country. In 1851, the his name was engraved and surrounded by laurels in the Greek Parliament. Russia have named battleships and battlecruisers after his great victory. Finally, in 1927, his victory at Navarino, as complete as any by Nelson or the other great British admirals, was recognised by the Royal Navy when they named a destroyer after him, HMS Codrington, which was lost in the Channel in 1940.

            Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, n’est-ce pas… :mrgreen:

          • And the Sultan mentioned by Henrik Spawned a successor Sultan that one day sat and read the newspaper. In it he found an article that no less than 3 cities in the far off and poor country of Sweden had burnt down to the ground.
            Especially he was moved by the story about the very poor people in Umeå who could not afford to rebuild their city. He then decided to pay for rebuilding the city to save the poor population from freezing to death.
            And no, the Sultan did not misunderstand what he read, back then Sweden was among the poorest countries in Europe, many fleeing to the US to avoid starvation. Umeå back then was the poorest city in the country.
            In the rest of the world something like that would be the reason for annual parties and parades in the honour of the benefactor. Here the Sultan got a plaque that is 10 by 10 centimeters bolted up in an obscure corner of the Town Hall. I am actually ashamed that 99 percent of the residents in my town does not know this.

          • As late as 1896 there were public collections in Venice in support of starving Swedish children, so no, your story is most likely factual. I hadn’t heard it befoer though, thanks!

          • It was Sultan Abdul Hamid II who donated the money.
            Much of the money was though absconded into building a Turkish Bath in the house of the then richest man in Umeå, Unander-Scharin. A large chunk was also nicked by the church to build a new church, something that would have irked the Pan-Islamic benefactor.
            Also, to be able to build quickly the houses where module-prefabs, the first known.

            It is odd that most swedes forget that we where dirt-poor up untill 1945.

  7. Another earthquake on the North Atlantic Ridge.

    mb 4.4 Region NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE Date time 2012-06-17 14:34:24.0 UTC

    Location 43.33 N ; 28.91 W Depth 40 km Distances

    1997 km SW Dublin (pop 1,024,027 ; local time 15:34:24.4 2012-06-17)
    1649 km W Vigo (pop 292,745 ; local time 16:34:24.4 2012-06-17)
    538 km NW Angra (pop 12,045 ; local time 14:34:24.4 2012-06-17

  8. Ok i tried to make a list of points for Alans riddle, correct me if i am wrong please.
    on SD#10 lughduniese 1, purohueso745 1, KarenZ 1, on SD #11 UKViggen 1 ( there was only one point to grab, right?) on SD#12 Talla 3, on SD#13 Talla 2 and i think Ursula 1 ( but tht could also have been Talla or KarenZ Alan did not run around shouting DIng Ding) on SD # 14 Henri le Revenant 1 ( again only 1 point to be grabbed or where there 2?) on SD #15 Sissel 2.
    And not to forget 2 honorary mentions for GeoLurking once for naming the lava before the riddle was out and once for correct composer.

    • I try not to give the ‘Ding’s’ too soon as the rest of the flock can still hunt around for a while 👿 makes more ‘fun-for-all’
      Add Karen to SD13 please 🙂

      • So: Talla 5
        Sissel 2
        KarenZ 2
        UKViggen 1
        purohueso745 1
        lughduniese 1,
        Ursula 1
        Henri le Revenant 1
        and 2 honorary mentions for GeoLurking.
        Could you save that list for next friday Carl please?

          • And if you could… indicate why the honorable mentions. Those circumstances (well, the first one) is a badge of honor in my line of thinking.

            It also lends credence to the idea that all people have some sort of innate psychic connection… at least to themselves in the near future. (even if the rest of it turns out to be bunk) It supports the pre-cognition thing… you know that inner voice that say don’t step out there, and you don’t. Missing grievous injury due to that one step not taken.

          • The second one… dunno if I even deserve that. It’s one of those SWAGs that came about from me saying something to say something. I had no idea and looked for anyone with that name, and he was the most famous. From there I winged it and missed it by a mile. (okay, 1.6 km)

        • Aren’t the points awarded to be divided by the time taken to arrive at the correct solution in hours? :mrgreen:

          • No, that is not politically correct.
            The points are of course divided by shoe size. That way men get lower scores then women in general, the same as the grading system in Swedish schools.

            For those who are not from Sweden.
            The SATs (national proficiency tests) in the public school system pans out equal between men and women, but men get lower grades in school since they are seen as lazy asses not deserving good grades. This little practice has more or less made a permanent under-class of young men who can not compete for work due to their low grades that they should not have.
            Guess why I want to get rid of grades and have everyone take a huge national test to show their aptitude…
            Rant mode off!

          • Carl, the problem is poor teachers. Most who teach, in Sweden at least, don’t have the people-management skills necessary and since most are women, they don’t understand boys and get even by lowering their grades. Also, they are too full of themselves to realise that in your average class, one in four students will be at least as intelligent as their teacher – and I’m being very flattering to most teachers here.

            The problem is well-nigh insoluble as the wages are so low that those with the highest aptitude choose different and better-renumerating careers. Furthermore, who do you think end up teaching future teachers at uni/teaching colleges? That’s right, the people who were least suited to the profession and couldn’t wait to get out of the classroom. These “sophists” clothe their professional and intellectual ineptitude in mumbo-jumbo they don’t even understand themselves. For one, as a body, they see behaviourism and constructivism as mutually exclusive. The current fad is “the three types of teacher” – the inspirating lecturer, the benevolent guide/helper and the understanding mentor. The fools think that you have to choose one of the roles, again seen as mutually exclusive, when the truth is that the skilled teacher masters all three and switches between them as the situation requires.

            This is what happens in a democracy where 70% are Average Joes and always will be Average Joes even when they have realised their ambitions and occupy the top jobs – for which they are particularly ill-suited. In this respect, I’m all in favour of the Soviet system of streaming.

          • I liked the older conveyor belt facts-force-feeding system that I went to. Back then we had better teachers.
            I would also like to say that it does not help that the current dogma is that teacher should not teach facts, they should teach how to learn. Problem here being that kids do not want to learn. They want to play or look at other kids (boys and girls depending). So, only force-feeding works.

  9. And now a 4.4 just lower down from the one earlier on the North Atlantic Ridge.
    Magnitude mb 4.4 Region AZORES ISLANDS REGION Date time 2012-06-17 17:35:16.0 UTC
    Location 41.44 N ; 29.04 W Depth 40 km
    2073 km NW Casablanca (pop 3,144,909 ; local time 17:35:16.4 2012-06-17)
    1683 km W Vigo (pop 292,745 ; local time 19:35:16.4 2012-06-17)
    346 km NW Angra (pop 12,045 ; local time 17:35:16.4 2012-06-17)

  10. Yayyyyyyyyyyyy! The Cam at Thorolfsfell is back working again. Thank You! Thank You Mila XXXXX
    However Jokulsarlon seems to be down now and if there was a glacial flood from Grimsvotn It might well show up here. Anyone from iceland who can tell me if I am wrong here I would appreciate any comments. I try to work out locations from cams and maps and videos.

    • Hi Diana, if a flood occurs from Grimsvotn the most likely spot is either at Skaftá river or over the flood plain of Skeiðarásandur (or both). Both are located southwest of Vatnajokull.

      In Jokulsarlon the only glacial flood that was ever recorded there was in 1927 from a minor eruption at Esjufjoll (unconfirmed eruption). The water from Grimsvotn will not escape there because there is a deep valley (hidden underneath the ice cap) between Grimsvotn and Oraefajokull-Esjufjoll, and so the water runs along that valley to empty at Skeiðarásandur.

    • Jökulhlaup from Grimsvötn can not show at Jökulsárlón. Flood that size has not come yet as in completely different direction / location. It has to go either over the mountains, run uphill most of the way, or out to sea and then turn back… 😉
      Yes, Þórólfsfell is back, but image quality (seems to me) be rather poor.

    • And to really be exact here.
      A Jökulhlaup can very well happen here. But it would not be Grimsvötn that produced it.
      It would either be Esjufjöll or Öraefajökull that was responsible. The first one is not that likely, and the second one we should sing bedtime nursery rhymes to since that is a rather nasty andesitic beast.

    • According to NHK World News from Friday… they just announce the restarting of a couple of reactors at one of their plants. (no, not the one that has been on the national news front).

      I can see where they need to do this.. even with conservation measures in place, they are 4 to 6% below demand for power generation… with as much as a 16% shortfall in some districts.

      They need their plants online.

      As long as they allow for “black swan” events, I don’t see a problem with it.

      I know Carl is gonna jump in here with the theoretical about the theoretical, and that the “tail” of the normal is larger than perceived… but my approach is more pragmatic. A “black swan” is an event that statistically, can virtually never happen… but can happen. “Billion to one odds” and such. The highly improbable.. such as catching a tsunami twice the size of what the statistical model says can happen.

      • Yes, if they restart their planst it is because they must. Japan has no natural resources, no coal, no oil, no gas. Of course they can do some hydraulic power (27 GW capacity) but I am pretty sure that all the good spots have been used already. This is to compare with their nuclear capacity (theoretical) of 44 GW. Solar and wind will not cover that up. So for the time being they have to rely on fossil fuels and that will not cover shortages.

      • I know that they have to restart their plants. At least some of them. There is not any fast alternatives really.

        I think you are misunderstanding my take on nuclear risk. The risk is not that big that a japanese nuclear reactor will go boom. Not bigger then anywhere else.
        The problem is when you sum up the amount of reactors and calculate the risk over time…
        Feynman did really groundbreaking work on statistics on technological risk back when he worked on the Challenger-disaster review board. Back then he calculated the risk of catastrophic failure of a space shuttle into 1 out of 50 launches, as opposed to NASA with 1 in 10 000. He vectored in a mathematical function called finite complexity numbers through path-integers. He got a lot of shit for it by NASA and everyone else. Problem is just that it happened again (second shuttle crash). So then people started to look at it hard again, and lo and behold. As soon as it was used on any complex tech system it came close to the reallity, not the theoretical failure time.
        Take a modern car, the theoretical failure time says that you should never ever have a problem with it during the first ten years of operation (baring black swans). Well, we all know how that goes…
        The current Feynmanised number for nuclear reactor failures (regardless of reason) is 1 out of every 10 years and that number is getting lower every year due to the reactors growing older and also out of growing numbers of them. And as everybody knows, that figure is pretty accurate.
        So yes, I am into big number theory and “long tails” of statistics. Why? Because that part of statistics is a science, the normal version is just mumbo-jumbo for political scientists.

        For those mathematics and physics inclined. The complexity number is a path-integer solution originally used for calculating in Quantum Electro Dynamics what the average time between an electron being just an electron, and it switching into the duality mode of being an electron and a photon (and back of course). This is one of the two parts of physics that is believed to be “true”, the other being Einsteins theories on relativity. Feynmans path-integer solution is really wild. It pops up every where bearing meaning. It is like Pi, E, and the Golden Cut 1,618etc roled up into one big annoyingly common occurance. It is in many ways the mathematical foundation stone of the universe. You could in a way call it the God-formulation of the Universe, it is that momentous.
        I am amazed that people disregard it.

        I would say that the only thing that is a billion to one odds is that something will prove to be a billion to one odds in reallity.

        • You don’t really need complex maths to grasp the underlying principle, just very basic probability calculations. If there’s a 1/100 chance of of your being hurt in a road accident every year, most people dismiss it as very unlikely, almost impossible, but forget that there’s a 99% chance that each year will be uneventful. Cumulatively over 50 years, it’s 0.99^50 which works out at only a 60.5% chance of all those 50 years being uneventful and a 39.5% chance you will be hurt. In comparison, the 50 year cumulative chance of winning the weekly lottery (1/10,000,000 weekly) works out at something like 1/3,847. In other words, you are 1,000 times as likely to be badly hurt in a car crash as you are to win the lottery, yet people take more care about bying the weekly lottery ticket than their driving…

          • There is also a 1 in 1250 chance that you will get murdered (Sweden) during your life. People are more afraid of that than being whacked by a car, but still, people mind their lottery tickets more than being murdered. Hm…

            US Statistics: 1 in 91,25, americans also mind their lottery tickets more.

  11. Omg. Would take many days to read all that have been writen here the last two weeks. And I guess it will be a lot more during the weeks I am goin on summer vaccation.

    Have any of you been inside the Thrihnukagigur volcano? If not, it’s possible in july. Since finaly will visit Iceland for the first time in beginnig of July, I just have to, and want to visit that volcano 🙂 (Discovered it at Icelandic Air’s hompages today. )
    Tour Info at :

      • The Central Volcano Institution of were saying in March2012 that the activity in the Azores was above normal so surely this is still continuing .

        ,,Posted on 10 March 2012. Tags: 2012, abnormal, activity, Azores, earthquake, February, Graciosa, recurrent, seismic

        Recurrent seismic activity on Graciosa island was considered to be above normal according to the Center of Volcanology and Geological Risk Assessment (CVARG)at the University of the Azores.,,

        • Yes, it is above normal. But it is normal that it is above normal when you have a tectonic spreading episode at the MAR.
          It is interesting to imagine how the crust is ripped apart all along the MAR across the globe from the Antarctica to the Arctic, and new oceanic crust is formed as magma flows up.
          FYI, there is a likelyhood that there is a rather nice basaltic flood happening down there as we write back and forth about normal. And those basaltic floodings are also normal along the MAR.

  12. There seems to be a small cluster of quakes starting in Kamchatka . This seems to be a new area I have not seen listed below.The latest one since midnight at 0520 is a 4.4 but there have been five more since midnight all over magnitude 4.0.

    Magnitude mb 4.4 Region OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA
    Date time 2012-06-18 05:20:36.8 UTC Location 52.83 N ; 160.60 E Depth 35 km
    1790 km NE Sapporo (pop 1,883,027 ; local time 14:20:36.8 2012-06-18)
    135 km E Mokhovaya, petropavlovsk-kamch (pop 22,815 ; local time 18:20:36.8 2012-06-18)
    132 km E Petropavlovsk-kamchatskiy (pop 187,282 ; local time 18:20:36.8 2012-06-18)

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