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

    • Yeah Sissel, i think the same, a friend of mine showed my images which looked somewhat similar. So Pico del Teide, Llano de Ucanca, Roques de Garcia.

          • Hello, I prefer the more exact answers.
            Even though it is mainly for fun, I still like things to be as exact as possible.
            I know, I am horrible.
            But after going through GVP and Wiki and Volcanoes of the world I will go with Teide too.
            But since I do love exactitude and the full name is Pico del Teide, Spica keeps her point, and you get one point for being first.

  1. Just spent an hour at the dentist! A new lava competition and Alan’s riddle to take my mind off my tooth! 😀

  2. Edward Elgar – Writer of Pomp and Circumstance Marches. Born in June, same as me. Birth stone (traditional) Agate.

    “…classically associated with volcanic rocks and can be common in certain metamorphic rocks…” First noted and named by Theophrastus circa 4th to 3rd century. Widespread use in the ancient world and even noted in the artifacts of Knossos in Crete. (civilization was virtually curtailed after the Thera tsunami came ashore)

    Wrong? Likely.

    • My birthday? Not saying… but I will offer a clue.

      A famous US General declined the accompaniment of Gatlin guns with his group and paid the price for it on that day. Additionally, at the Texas Jack’s bar in Palma de Mallorca, there was a poster with this General on it… and a sticker placed on it after the fact… that “[name] had it coming”

        • For any “Native Americans” who want to get pissed at that statement… Bite me. I have more Choctaw Heritage than Elizabeth Warren. Self Proclaimed “Native American” (which she is not… at least no more than me, which isn’t very damn much)

          Besides…. Clovis people were here first… and they came via the Atlantic. Technologically the Clovis Point is an evolution of the Solutrean point, and guess where they are known to have lived?

          I’ll let you figure it out.

  3. It also reminds me of the Drumadoon Sill on the Isle of Arran, Scotland. I actually went there on a GCSE field trip. One of the teachers fell between two rocks and scraped her leg pretty much from ankle to knee… not nice.

    Rocks there are qurtz porphyry that has a similar composition to granite, also perhaps dolerite from what I remember. I think it was intruded about 60 million years ago.

    But it’s not technically a volcano, so it probably isn’t there.

    • Dear Steph!
      Don’t forget…’Anything Goes’ here….as long as it has a magmatic origin that is 👿

    • That is most likely a cloud, volcanoes do not start an unexpected eruption by steaming a bit.
      The cloud is most likely caused by a katabatic wind coming up from the funnel shaped scare from the last eruption.

  4. In case the competition includes a question about a tasty, local meal:
    A typical dish on Tenerife: Papas arrugadas (“wrinkeld potatoes”): Unpeeled potatoes cooked in salt water (skin will look wrinkled) and served with mojo, a delicious, spicy sauce with as many different recipes as cooks.

    • Yeah those and pimientos de padron. And the goat cheese grilled with honey. Mmmm i am getting hungry. I guess i ll eat some spam.

      • Ahh c’mon folk…..fair’s fair…..can we leave out tasty foodie things I haven’t tried, especially those with taters……..drool drool
        goats cheese ‘n’ honey, taters in a spicy sauce………I HATE shell-fish tho’ (rather they hate me!!!)

  5. I am drawing a blank on this one, may be I need a few more coffees. To me the clouds look tropical in nature, but I might be wrong..

  6. I was confused in my state of utter “had to run”-ishness…
    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.

  7. I recognise this picture as one I thought about a couple of weeks back but chose another instead. If I could only remember…

    • Oh Henri I hate it when that happens. What’s worse is when you are talking to someone, and mid sentence you mind kind of misfires, and you cant remember what point you were trying to make.

  8. Alans riddle never leaves my brain before someone solved it. It just keeps spinning in my head.
    So I have to try:
    “Elgar’s Enigma”, a composition by Edward Elgar in 1898–1899 and commonly referred to as the “Enigma Variations”, was by Elgar dedicated to his “friends pictured within”. The enigma is a hidden theme which has never been discovered. “Elgar accepted none of the solutions that were put forward in his lifetime, and, pleased with his little joke, took the secret with him to the grave.” Source: Wikipedia.
    And yes, Google tells there is a mineral named “Enigmatite”. “Enigmatite occurs as a trace constituent of the Egirine-Riebeckite Granite of the Liruei Complex, Younger Granite Province of Nigeria.” Source:

    • Try as I may, just can’t find a recipe for goat’s cheese and honey!
      Mojo sauce fine, but a Tablespoon of salt and only 1 garlic clove! Too much of salt and too little garlic!!!

        • Roasted in the paper skin ’til it caramelises and sticks like toffee, add roasted tomatoes and potatoes/parsnips……slurp!

          • Oh people, just back from work and starving and you make me even more hungry… Better go make something to eat before I pass out. 🙂

      • Simple, slice the goat cheese, riple some nice honey on top of it. Heaven. I prefer it with honey from bees that have been in a thyme or rosemary field. Ads surprising amounts of herb-flavour. (For those who are of the American or Dutch persuasion, herbs are normally used in cooking, not put into a volcano vaporizer).

        As Sissel said, do not be shy with the garlic. When they write one piece of garlic in Spain they mean an entire garlic, not a piddly clove. 🙂

        • Thanks Carl!
          Oh I thought the cheese/honey was cooked…dolt!
          Think I’ll have to get there one day….
          I/we eat a lot of garlic – just as well really, one evening the ‘Boss’ was cooking with what I thought were sliced almonds, grabbed a ‘few’ to munch……peals of laughter….sliced garlic!

        • Trouble is here our honey is often ‘contaminated’ with rape and that has a slight musty taste to me, also rape makes it granulate rapidly, so needs keeping warmish!

      • And of course, if you write the Æ as Ae you get Aenigmatite, which seems to be the common way of writing the name.
        Wikipedia does the rest:
        “Aenigmatite is primarily found in peralkaline volcanic rocks, pegmatites, and granites as well as silica-poor intrusive rocks. It was first described by August Breithaupt in 1865 for an occurrence in the Ilimaussaq intrusive complex of southwest Greenland. Its name comes from αίνιγμα, the Greek word for “riddle”.”

    • And Sissel Banged the Riddle.
      The Riddle in and of itself was a riddle since aenigma is Riddle in Greek.

    • If not, it must be the Gallotia galloti (Tenerife Lizard or Western Canaries Lizard).
      And now back to work – a sheepy evening to everyone!

  9. My guess is Tendurek volcano. Lava is trachyte, andesite, ignimbrite, basalt. Eruption from the SE flank. Totem animal is hoodoo (goblin)

  10. Wheeler Geologic Area
    San Juan Volcanic Field
    La Garita Caldera
    Fish Canyon Tuff – about 27.8 MA – 5000 cubic kilometers

      • To sum my guesses up once more: I think the pic shows the Roques de Garcia in the Las Cañadas Caldera 5 km south of Teide and between Pico Teide and Pico Viecho.
        Interesting quote from wikipedia: “In 1815, the German geologist Leopold von Buch visited the Las Cañadas caldera of Teide on Tenerife, and the Caldera de Taburiente on La Palma, both in the Canary Islands. When he published his memoirs he introduced the term caldera into the geological vocabulary.
        Lava: Phonolite, Brechia, Epiclastic Conglomerates, Pyroclastic Sediments and Limestone.In some places lava wittered away to Tafoni. ( But such a stone is not in the pic, i think)
        The totem animal is the dog where the name of the islands comes from, either because the Guanches worshipped dogs or because so many seals( canis marinis) lived on the beaches.
        And here is another link

        • And the fourth point too… Phonolite was the correct answer.
          I think you just became our leader 🙂

          • I think i better duck awayand hide, but it was fun,and for once i was on the right track, and did not loose myself in info about all sorts of recipes and beverage infos. I have been to 3 Canary Islands but not Teneriffe, but that one is definitely on my wish list.
            Whenever i travel i never use the normal tourist routes or tourist places and i dont like baking in the sun on a crowded beach and this leads to very interesting experiences.
            But a friend of mine was on Teide and showed me pics recently.

          • Ok people. Quite some of you figured it out anyway. I have 2 identities here.So dont be shocked when Spica has 6 points next friday.( 2 were won as Birgit) And there is a reason for my scizophrenia. When i am talking about the SEM images i am doing, i have to use my real name because i am using equipment of my workplace which costs more than 180000 euros, go figure. But i dont like it to be forced to use my private name when enjoing my private hobby volcanoes and a friendly banter with people here. So as a dragon i use Spica.
            I am writing this on the old comment page above the SEM links, because i know for certain that i am being watched and the comments following my real name and the SEM links will be read. But they dont read all comments here, takes too much time. Not all i would have to say about my workplace would be friendly.
            I hope you all understand my motivations.
            Thank you.

    • Yes, it’s the Roques de Garcia from the Las Canades Volcano I; the Roques may precede the formation of the Caldera Las Canades. From Wiki: “the rocks of the Roques was within relatively short time in a time well deposited and later penetrated by lava vents and hydrothermal processes of change exposed.”

  11. Evenin all,
    don’t know about the quiz, though I must say (I’ve not seen them close up) I don’t think Roques del Garcia; Spica sounds pretty confident though…
    I was noodlin’ around this afternoon and found this:

    I think this is the two magnets and a pendulum experiment, Carl would know more, nice video tho.

    • Yes Schteve42, it sure looks like the two magnets and pendulum experiment. One of the more famous examples of 4-dimensional non-euclidean spaces.
      For an example of a 3 dimensional non-euclidean space, take a look at a horse-saddle. It is not possible to describe a horse-saddle shape with only Euclidean geometry functions.

      • And i learned something here too, Because i thought it was Brahms music but was not sure which of the hungarian dances. Someone gave it in a comment. Nr 6 it is.

    • Pity we did not have to guess the beverages (but would have been too easy!). My favourites: coffee; and, wine (Tacoronte Acentejo, Valle de La Orotava, Ycoden – Daute – Isora, Abona, and Valle de Güímar).

  12. OT, but are we going to have some match between Diana & Alan vs. Carl & Henrik? It’s 1:1 at the moment. 😀

    • Well, I would say that the Island team won for the first time in 20 years… So I would actually give them a fair chance and winning it all.
      (England for some weird reason always looses or get a draw against sweden, and Swedish men can’t play football at all, ever). The women can play football here.
      An I met Lassie moment here and football. I used to have Marta as a neighbour… For those who are not fans of female football, she is the worlds best player, think female Pelé and you have it. Though much better looking than Pelé.

  13. *Please read in lighter mood, cheers*
    *do not have a b***** clue to todays rock or riddle, except if it is “Rock & Roll”*
    *so here is my contribution*
    Iceland is finally to have an eruption, or “Katla is to erupt soon” (“Kötlugos á næsta leiti”)… in news item in local “newspaper” DV (link attached. Use online translation at own risk). It is appropriate to have this in (posted in) Scheepy Dalek of The Week. No one takes this seriously then, I think, but I wonder. If this goes as reported it will be “soon” (Icelandic for “á næsta leiti). Accuracy is no factor in this news item, but I fully respect the person qouted for this news item for letting us know, the Volcano Lovers, then can organize our non-travel, but “Iceland will benefit from it” (Global cooling no doupt, or stranded air passengers taking all available space in Hotels, Hostels, all homes bedrooms etc. Making booking percentage go up beond 100%, and all Hollywood clan, probably including Tom Cruise etc. stay here for very, very long time without be able go home (?) All paid for by insurance companies responsable for volcano travel insurance..
    *This is cheap report, no?*
    *ducks as shoe flew*

    • “probably including Tom Cruise etc. stay here for very, very long time without be able go home”

      Oh God, please let it happen!

      Wait… Icelanders don’t deserve such a curse.

      • I am really hard to come up with someone who deserves Tom Cruise. I can only come up with the Russian Chief of Staff Marschall Makharov. Reason for this being that he (stupidly) threatened Finland last week. It seems like history has stopped being a vital part of the curriculum for Russian generals nowadays.
        For those who missed it. Stalin sent 50 division into the finnish forrests, none came out. Compared to Stalin Makharov and Putin are wimps, so I guess that the Finnish association of Grannies could take care of them without having a proper war.
        And yes, Finns are unbeatable… We ruled them for a couple of thousand years so we know. When we through being utterly demented lost them we went from a Power to Piddlyhood in about a week.
        Don’t tell any Finn that we miss them…

  14. Hello. I’ve been offline for a while now and was just wondering, has the bar closed??! Should I take my drink outside or is it just too early?

  15. Volcano Santorini
    This lava is Pumice and Tuff from the Eruption of Thera also known as the Minoan Eruption.This was during the bronze age Circa 200 -1500 BC. The Totem animal is of course the Bull. The Minotaur being half man half bull was probably a man wearing a bull’s mask with horns who took part in sacred ceremonies on the Island of Crete. Crete was the centre of the Minoan civilisation which included what is now the Island of santorini. Artifacts showing bull worshipping have been found during excavations of the Island.

    This is probably the wrong answer as I am just guessing the location.
    I am now tired from my world trek looking for this lava… may I have a double brandy please? 😀

    • I agree about being tired looking,every week I spend hours searching for answers to no avail, I must give up before my brain implodes. Large Gin & Tonic with slice of cucumber for me please. 🙂

      • <<<<< Pours Kelda a double Gin, little tonic a cucumber slice and a paper umbrella thingy like a swizzle stick 😀

        • Cheers Diana. I am still looking for answers though, and the riddle is still doing my head in!! My theory is it’s the word enigma jumbled up with some other part of the clue, magnesite, magnetite, mangenite…and so on. am probably totally barking up the wrong tree so am giving up now. That Gin is fine By the Way. 🙂

  16. There is an Elgars Mine in Wales but the minerals being found there?
    Brianyoungite, Galena, Pyromorphite, Quartz, and Wulfenite.
    But thats not volcanic and much to in-devious for Alan.

    • Luisport……Those CME’s don’t work! I bought a lottery Ticket and got nothing! Maybe I bought it too early? Maybe that guy meant that a CME has a negative effect on financial situations 😀

      • Certainly seems to have affected the football though – first time England have beaten Sweden in ages – and there was a thunderstorm at the earlier match…… hmmm! 😀

        • Things could get interesting if England manage to lose against the Ukraine. Sweden, having nothing to play for, will go down to France by a huge amount of goals = France 7 pts, Ukraine 6 pts, England 4 pts.

          Then again, who cares about effin football except yobs. 🙂

          • You might want to take back that last statement!
            I am a law abiding, well educated woman who just happens to have invented the statistics system now used by FIFA and UEFA to objectively measure team and individual player performance during matches!
            And I care deeply for both my national (England) and local (Southampton) teams!

          • No other sport demands as little of it’s spectators as football, it’s practitioners are offensively overpaid – especially in comparison to worthwhile occupations such as teaching, nursing etc – it’s the major pollutant of broadcasting time and the only sport that doesn’t suffer from commercial breaks. I hate it with a righteous passion and it’s top of my list of “human cultural expressions” to be outlawed a.s.a.p., so no, I will not take even a comma back.

            If you have made such a system, good for you! I hope they pay you a fee that is proportional to its use, in which case you ought to be exceedingly well off.

          • @ Henri, I agree it is very boring. I’ve only ever been to one match and that was a Cup Final. I ended up watched the crowd who were more entertaining.

          • You’re entitled to your opinions on football and its players!
            Frankly, they matter not a jot to me!
            However I find your prejudice against its supporters offensive!

          • @Inannamoon, I love Rugby Union but Formula One is my passion (sportswise). I also like watching the longer running races – 5 and 10 thousand metres and Marathon – on TV because the tactics intrigue me. Tennis for the same reason.

          • To be fair, all sports have negative sides to them, whether it comes down to overpaid players, corruption and match fixing (gosh, seems there’s another cricket player every other week in court), performance enhancing drugs – all sports, track/field, cycling, weightlifting, wresting, etc.

            The violence you see in sport is often as a result of serious socio-economic (or political) problems that exist where the fan base live – not the sport itself. The violence stays the same but the sport changes depending on the country, lets not forget all the violence and bombings associated with cricket.

            All the sports that those on this blog today have said they enjoy, including myself, suffer from these problems and so I feel its unfair to single one out.

            A number of sports are primarily fed by the elite, in that it takes a lot of money to get involved or it’s culturally a sport for the rich. Think F1, Union, Polo, etc. And then there are sports which are popular amongst the working class and therefore have a VERY large audience, making it the playground for the media moguls who make a lot of cash from tv viewing rights.

            My aim in life is to see a punch up at a game of Polo and for the next F1 champion to have a scouser accent – and not live in a tax free haven!

            As for the upcoming final of the State of Origin – go the Reds!

        • cool, I pretty much enjoy watching any sport, though I must admit golf, I just do not enjoy watching 😉 used to play basketball at school and a bit of cricket, now it’s just poker – does poker count as a sport? Certainly, requires a bit of creative “running away” from time to time 🙂

          • Cricket, preferably Test match. Rugby, league & union in that order. Ice Hockey. MotoGP, Superbike WC, F1, Cart, Nascar. To name a few.

          • And you would just dare to explain the rules…
            What makes cricket so awesome is that I can’t get the rules. And the little known fact that there has never been a real cricket match. Only trials and test matches. I have no answer for what would constitute a real cricket match. (DO NOT EXPLAIN!!!)

      • Oh dear…. this comment has caused some ill feeling. I must add I have an aversion to “Sports” due to horrendous experiences at my Girl’s Grammar School many eons ago. Hokey was played in the depths of winter, then there were no track suits, just navy Blue knickers,with a pocket and strong elastic and a white Aertex short sleveed top. Snow wind and rain never put off our Gym Mistress from sending us out. Hockey sticks and balls hurt even more in those icy condition. Netballs were made of leather and hurt if they hit you in the face, Tennis was on hard gravel courts that shredded your skin if you fell when you skidded whilst playing a return stroke. Gymnastics UGH! Hard coir mats to land on, high jump over a metal bar, skin burns when rope climbing….. I could go on. It of course never entered anyone’s head that at that age I had a medical balance/coordination problem, they still sent me running round the fields as a punishment for not doing things correctly! I had the last laugh though. Cross country running in 1964 was a new sport for women… I ended up South West women’s champion after the first Women’s cross country race in Bristol. I was entered jokingly by some college “friends”, I was pressured by the College staff not to back out. Some wag changed the markers during the race and I actually ran the men’s 6 miles and still came in first with a decent time. So to get back to the point…..
        Sport was a dirty word. I watch the Olympics and winter sports with awe as those men and women are amazing. I Cheer on my Country, patriotism is good. But I am afraid I agree with Henri. Footballers are paid obscene amounts of money (Back in the 1960’s Matt Busby and co were paid a pittance and I think played for the right reasons with huge
        skill and dedication ). So many Town’s Club have players who are bought like expensive race horses from other places in the world. How can Someone play with true honour and commitment to a Town or country they are “Just Working” in?
        My Tv viewing this week is dire. Repeat, mindless reality programs or Football related ones. Worst of all Football headlines over-ride other world News stories. Culturally it seems more important than starvation, wars and financial calamity. Our British Football is in my opinion no longer a sport but a hugely profitable business. Sadly the genuine, small town teams that nurture true sportsmanship and skills are struggling to survive as the Giants cream off the football fan’s money.
        I could rant on but I need another coffee and to get back on topic.

        • I have fond 😕 memories of playing hockey in the snow; the only concession made was to use a red hockey ball instead of a white one. 😮

    • I went yesterday but not on menu yet–definitely going again for that wonderful concoction! Pork rules!!!

  17. Alan;s Riddle…… Elgar lived in Worcestershire…All I could think of was Worcestershire sauce. Then tried gerontius as in Dream of… then on to Nimrod one of the Enigma variations. No such minerals as Gerontium or Nimrodite so I am going for Aenigmatite From the Greek αίνιγμα (“aemanig”), “a riddle”, alluding to the uncertain chemical composition of the mineral.

    • Alan’s riddle could be realgar (an arsenic sulphide), which most commonly occurs as a low-temperature hydrothermal vein mineral associated with other arsenic and antimony minerals. It also occurs as volcanic sublimations and in hot spring deposits. It occurs in association with orpiment, arsenolite, calcite and barite. It is found with lead, silver and gold ores. A lead ore is galena.

      “ELGAR’s mineral is A Riddle in itself” Elgar + a + r rearranged = realgar.

      • Elgar was born near the Malvern Hills which have volcanic past: they are made up of igneous and metamorphic rocks from the late pre-Cambrian, known as the Uriconian (Wiki again).

    • Elgar lived in Malvern famous for its mineral water, but the water is said to be so pure that there are no minerals in it. It comes from springs that are filtered through Granite and limestone rock.

  18. ugh.. it’s Friday, right and I’m hungover already and haven’t even been to bed yet.. I’m going with Doug Merson. Rhyolite. An ignimbrite sequence somewhere. I’m going to say Patagonia and try to score commission. It’s not New Zealand or Liechtenstein.

    • I’m waiting for the wife to come home. Then I can crack open my peach wine. (her presence eliminates the possibility that I have to drive anywhere and deal with some random issue) If it came out anywhere like my cider… good Lord.

      • Not that strong… only about 5% by volume. The longer I wait the better it gets. This is the point where nerves come into play. I want to drink it, but it’s better if I wait.

        Theoretical max for this batch is about 8.5% ABV. I’m gonna have to go early since I think I messed up. According to my estimates, about 3 liters of CO2 have yet to be produced… and I don’t think the bottles can handle it. I got impatient, bottled and sealed way too early, and right now all my gear is being set up for two gallons of Plum wine.

        • Still working on the calcs for the Plum. I may go big with that one and take it as far as the yeast can go.

          • I have never made plum wine successfully. The last batch tasted like bad medicine :green:
            My Blackberry and apple…. very drinkable but I have to give out warnings to those who get a bottle as a gift… This is NOT fizzy pop!
            I haven’t made wine for a while as the lifting of containers for racking has become hugely difficult for me. Maybe I could get husband a little enthusiastic, but he doesn’t like wines 😦

          • Bottle it just before fermentations stops and call it a beer. He’ll drink that. Start out at about 15 to 20% sugar and when it’s done, tell him he can’t handle it. 😀

            I’m not really into the sweet fruity flavors… but a nice dry hard apple cider is as close to beer’s taste as you can get without actually making it. It also has a more masculine appeal than wine… though a decent wine can kick your arse.

            I mainly do this for the amusement of it. It gives the wife something to scowl at in the kitchen.

        • Hi Geolurking

          if you are worried with pressure you should use this type of bottle


          it is called a champenoise and withstands a lot of pressure (from memory some 10 bar or 140 psi). I have used them when I was trying to make beer. You need also use some metal mesh (called “muselet”, like muzzle) to secure the cap.

    • Intriguing! At first I thought nuclear submarine hatch but it’s too big for that! Undersea Troll Hole? So many strange flying things were experimented with in the secretive times of WW ll and the Cold war, I am not an alien fan, I would not dismiss it totally, but I would need real proof before I get paranoid about Earth takeovers. Volcanic vent?
      My take on this is that it is a glacial/fluvial erratic carried by either a huge Glacier or the very large river that once flowed in this area.

      • Imagine this size of erratic, buried in marine sediments and only the top surface showing? Erratics are smoothed and rounded as they are gound and dragged by the glacier.
        81440 Big Rock near Okotoks

      • Well, pillow lava can resemble a mushroom… though I don’t know of any that come with small “fireplaces.”

          • Or on second examination, it could be man-made – something off a boat. The hole could be from a torpedo. 😕

            Look forward to the answer!

          • One pic? I would think there would have been more taken at different angles? The link showing pics of the expedition only shows that one pic! That is definitely something that would be zeroed in on! What a mystery–that is one strange object/rock/thingy. Documentary will provide more info & pics hopefully.

          • I’m confused a bit. Is this mystery rock the same as shown in the video that Stoneyard posted? They don’t look anything alike.

          • I’ve just looked at the video too – having speculated about it’s size (see below). I think the picture is definitely an “artist’s impression”. The size indicates it’s natural – I think it’s far to big to be man-made. I’d like to know what it’s made of, though.

      • That would put it in the Mesolithic. Not known for their stone structures – it looks more like a Neolithic (c.5000 BP) structure – if it is man made. The image looks like an ‘artist’s impression’ rather than a photo. I couldn’t find any dimensions on the website – anyone know how big it is?

    • There is actually a lot of old volcanoes down there..
      But what the hork this is I do not have a clue about.
      And FYI, these two guys are very respected divers. Among the finds they have the famous champagne ship and the list just goes on…
      Will be interesting to know what it is when real images are published, and not only artists impressions.
      My guess is that the real image will show a large slab of granite that has slid down the “ramp”, and that the campfires are really ancient campfires.

      Interesting really from an archaeological standpoint.

  19. It has been mentioned this morning on the Avcan FB page that someone is smelling again the bad egg odour near his house.

    Could this be to do with all the new recent activity?

    • This question has just been asked regarding the bad egg odour.

      ,,Víctor Manuel, is where are located air quality measurement stations? (on the website of the gogierno of Canary Islands indicates that one is in the Echedo-Valverde and the other next to the La Restinga football field), I suppose that there remain, right?
      Since the beginning of the crisis, when you informabais the perception of odors of this kind do they flocked from any institution to make measurements with the mobile unit? (Translated by Bing) ,,

          • Avcan are saying that this may or may not be due to magmatic origins.

            ,,In septic or cesspools, the appearance of several gases by the decomposition of organic matter is very common. Among these decomposition gases, is the hydrogen sulfide that smells like rotten egg, precisely, so it would be very difficult to determine if its origin is magmatic or by decomposition of the remains of the organic matter who wants to remain in them. (JR),,

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          • Judith, your link only leads to facebook itself, not to the place where the comment is. I do not need that.
            Please try to place the link to where the original comment is – that might be interesting.

          • Judith.. a handy tool that you can used when faced with horrifically long URLs, is to use a site like

            When you use them, they index the link for a period of time and provided a shortened one that will direct to the web page that you want. The only downside is that over a period of a few days, the link grows stale and they erase it. It’s only temporary.

      • Well, smelling some sulfur while living on a volcanic island is not that surprising (only joking of course !). Seriously I am wondering as some other blog kept making reference to sulfur smells. However there could be some fumaroles on El Hierro, especially as there are a lot of lava tunnels which go quite deep into the island.

    • Two of your comments landed themselves in the Spam box, i dont know why. I rescued them. I am sorry this happened, we dragons will look out especially for you today. Normally after 3 times Akizmet has learned you are a friend and from then on you should be fine. (( And as you might have read, i landed myself there to a few days ago. And Carl explained, that now that this blog is older than 6 month and has so many viewers, the spam regulation is much stricter. We get around 50 spam messages per day, which we dragons check and either eat or set free, regularily every few hours.))

      • Thanks, I just wonder what is to do and start to prep a mail….. but it seems that I was dragged toward some house/kid troubles and meanwhile you just fix it. 😀

  20. There are 3 sub species of tenerife Lizard (would you believe it !)

    Gallotia galloti eisentrauti – Northern Tenerife Lizard (northern Tenerife)
    Gallotia galloti galloti – Southern Tenerife Lizard (central and southern Tenerife, including Teide)
    Gallotia galloti insulanagae – Anaga Lizard (Roque de Fuera de Anaga, offshore the Macizo de Anaga mountains, northeastern Tenerife)

    So the one would be Gallotia galloti galloti.

    and another picture thanks to alvaro leon rodriguez from Panoramio.

  21. @Lord Henri de Scrum-half
    I detest football too!
    The ‘prima donna’s’ are far too overpaid, from those who can barely afford, and as for their tax-fiddles….!
    Remember this?

    • I have a favourite brother
      And his Christian name is Paul.
      He’s lately joined a football club
      For he’s mad about football.
      He’s got two black eyes already
      And teeth lost from his gob,
      Since Paul became a member of
      That terrible football club.


      For he’s football crazy,
      He’s football mad,
      The football it has taken away
      The little bit o’ sense he had,
      And it would take a dozen servants
      To wash his clothes and scrub,
      Since Paul became a member of
      That terrible football club.

      In the middle of the field, one afternoon,
      The captain says, “Now Paul,
      Would you kindly take this penalty-kick
      Since you’re mad about football?”
      So he took forty paces backwards,
      Shot off from the mark.
      The ball went sailing over the bar
      And landed in New York.


      His wife, she says she’ll leave him
      If Paulie doesn’t keep
      Away from football kicking
      At night-time in his sleep.
      He calls out ‘Pass, McGinty!”
      And other things so droll
      Last night he kicked her out of bed
      And swore it was a goal!


    • Bah… Football.

      Give me a real sport… like Full Contact Golf… or change the rules of Baseball so that the Batter gets to keep the bat as he makes the bases. Lets see you tag him out.

      • Aussie Rules football must be the top of the rough sport’s list, makes American variety look like the “Queer Eye For the Straight Guy” version:

        Love to let those lads loose at Anfield or Emirates, no holds barred.

        • I think that all the violance among the football audience comes out of their being to little on the field. More blood on the field and there would most likely be less on the stand. And also, I would understand their pay-checks if they had their face kicked in on a weekly basis…

        • As someone who loves American football, I could really enjoy Aussie football. Kind of a combination of soccer and football as we Americans know them.

          • Have you ever watched Rugby Union? Try and catch an All Blacks game (they are the New Zealand national side). (It used to be called Rugby Football and the other type was called Association Football – posh private schoolboys called the first Rugger and the second Soccer – funny that Americans picked up on this and it stuck with them). 😀 There’s also Rugby League which is more of a running game than Union.

  22. Hello everyone, oh no…I don´t believe it! I haven´t been on-line much lately as been really busy and also had problems with the computer..when I finally get connected this evening, I see that my “own” Island is the subject of the Name that Lava! My one and only chance to get a point has just passed me by! Anyway I now have a new computer and keyboard where the ? key works, so no more ALT63 for me 🙂

    • So you think it is your island? I found only one image and sometimes the images are fake.(( Yeah,ancient me searches using Google Image search with different keywords and then digging into something that looks alike.))
      Glad you have a new computer.

      • Well I am pretty sure (99%),It is not an image that I immediately recognised, and not one of the most published photos, but I would be really suprised it is was not “my Island” …it just looks so very sort of familiar ..although I have lived in Tenerife just as long as I have lived in my home country, funnily enough, I don´t get much time to go up to Teide regularly – just when family and friends come to visit..BTW a message to all my countrymen/women, if it is still raining in the UK, I just wanted to let you know that the weather in Tenerife today has been just perfect -Wall to wall sunshine, not a cloud in the sky…lovely cooling breeze coming from the coast…we have been in heaven! (the ironing can wait until tomorrow!) I am still trying to get used to my new computer…. nothing is where it was on the old one…I feel like I have lost an old friend, but hope this new friend and I will get on OK!

      • Yes Spica, it is, I found some pictures in Panoramio, using the link to the hiking tips you provided.
        Tenerife seems full of wonderful landscapes I hope to be able to go there on day.

        Hi Debbie Glad to see you’re back

  23. XALITZINTLA, Mexico (KABC) — Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano is showing more signs of activity.

    Nighttime footage from a permanent camera set up near the volcano showed it was belching out incandescent rocks and smoke. The National Center for Disaster Prevention has registered 68 exhalations of gas vapor and ash of medium intensity coming from the volcano in the last 24 hours.
    Officials have not ordered any evacuations.

    • Is that that Zoopraxiscope thingy, cos it wouldn’t return here without ending and killing the tabs!

    • Something tells me that it is BAD but I’m not sure. I once let one live, back in november it was, but I think it was wrong – something with elektrischezahnbürste I think. The next one I ate. To be sure I at least did the right thing once.

        • Pingbacks can be good – If you have pingbacks enabled, all it means is that when someone links TO this site, you get a pingback – its a kind of link which arrives from the site linking to VC, which helps with ranking. If you dont like them, you can switch pingbacks off.

          • Carl or Ursula should decide if they want that or not.Thanks for the info.I am a little sceptical about the site it comes from.

          • It depends on whom it is that is pinbbacking.
            Earthquake Report Pingbacks to us.
            It is like spam, some should be released due to being friendly, and some should get whacked. One has to check the links really…

          • Pingbacks often has to be hand checked by visiting the blog, and making a judgement call if it is a blog one want to be linked too. It is often like regular spam, easy to see if it is dealing in Viagra or not, so to speak. Sometimes a pingback might be hard to judge. But often it is easy after looking at the pingbacking blog.
            Zoopraxiscope is a fairly nice blog that covers about everything regarding science, so I put the pingbacks back in.
            Pingbacks are a bit more “manual” than the regular spam.

          • Thanks,i was not sure if it is an alarmist site or not,orif someone uses it to get information from us. Asking us would have been nice.

          • For some reason pingbacks are considered to be the new “nice”.
            The other option is of course downright theft… I can live with pingbacks.

  24. @ Echinoconus – is that you Alan? what is Zoopraxiscope? – I thought that it was the earliest version of what we now know to be motion pictures – very primative – or has life evolved and it is now some sort of virus?

    • Dont worry people. Looks like someone named Zoopraxiscope wants to listen in. I am trying to find out , if this is because of a link someone gave or just so or whatever. This is new territory for me too.
      And maybe it is a good thing and Carl wants that.
      You are watching a clueless dragon here. But no worries, the pingback is stored away atm.

      • Spica, you are just the best “dragon” ever, we are not worried with you looking after everything…if you have to eat it I hope you don´t have a tummy-ache afterwards!!

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