Nothing much seems to have been happening in the volcano world, or at least, we did not notice much going on.
But Volcanocafe saw it´s 50 000 comment. As long as people seemed to hesitate, GeoLoco threw himself into action in an act of heroism, and with this, subsequently into the spam prison. With a flaming speech praising Volcanocafe and our Leader Carl he ecceded the benchmark of 50K comments.
He was awarded a special medal.
GeoLoco says: July 19, 2012 at 19:38 Thank you Carl!
If you missed his efforts, check the comments on page 3 of the last post from this onward. GeoLoco says: July 19, 2012 at 19:25 OK.
Now for your weekends special entertainment: Name that Lava XVI
1 point, for the volcano, the lava, the number of surounding cones, and a very special beverage of the region.
Current standing: Name that Lava:
4 Diana Barnes
2 Doug Merson
2 Stephanie Alice Halford
1 Heather B
1 Henri le Revenant
1 Alan C
and Alans Riddles
Current ranking ( last updated 14.7.12)
3 Henri le Revenant
( I hope i got the current standings correctly)
UPDATE at the end of this post!
I dont think the riddle posted on wednesday has been solved, by the mighty Alan. Meaning, maybe someone got it right, maybe the competition is still open??
Huh! Last week, I went into a nice bakers – they only had this rock-cake! ???
If you need hints how Alans brain works: There is an addition to our menu in the section “Gems”. You will find Alans evil riddles and answers there. And the geologist in Alans breast, will certainly be happy, if you read up on some of the minerals which were the correct answers.
You might also notice that some pages with microscopic images have been added but are still “Work In Progress” so not fully done yet.
Diana had an interesting insight this morning, ( which landed in the spam vault) after Renato posted a link:
Diana Barnes says: July 20, 2012 at 06:33
Quote: “Renato posted that Mt Tongariro in new Zealand is grumbling. Interestingly, there are reports that this volcanic alert level has been lifted. NOW…. Here’s why the tiny differences in English language round the world are important and could cause confusion in world wide communication.. To me, here in the UK, the word “lifted” in relation to an alert or a ban, means that the alert or a ban has been removed so there is no need to act.. In New Zealand it means the alert level has been raised.
The moral of this perusing is……Don’t just read the headlines, read the full information available yourself!
I can only agree, language can sometimes be a problem.
Erik just put up a new post on Tongario on his blog Eruptions.
And “Earthquake – Report” sums up the volcanic action today: Volcano activity of July 20, 2012 – Mt. Tongariro (New Zealand), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Bagana, Nyiragongo, Popocatepetl, Fuego and Galeras
For your weekends entertainment: Here are several possibilities.
An interesting knitting pattern for the ladies taken from the seimsometer of the Redoubt Volcano in Alaska:
( Interesting in the sense of knitting pattern, not in the sense of volcanic action going on!)
Or cook your very own volcano:
Here is a family recipe for : “Mohr im Hemd”, an Austrian speciality
(I am not even trying to translate that so not to be called a racist. it is a cake and it tastes delicious.)
130 g butter, 130 g sugar, 4 eggs, 90 g dark chocolate, 70 g breadcrumbs, 70 g grated hazelnuts or almonds, 2 rolls which had been soaking in milk
Mix the butter, sugar and the yolks for at least 5 minutes and add the molten chocolate. Stir the nuts, the crushed rolls and the beaten egg whites into the mass carefully. Fill it into a form which had been buttered and coated with crystal sugar and cook it in water for at least 90 minutes.
You need to have a form which can be closed on top and can stand in a cooking pot.
Or create your very own volcano online. This game is not only for fun, you can learn how the emmited type of lava and the type of volcano changes, next to the nice boom you get when going for a plinian style.
..or watching a video. My suggestion would be “How the Universe works: Volcanoes”. A part of it can be watched on http://science.discovery.com/videos/how-the-universe-works-volcanoes-on-other-planets.html
And a special webcam shot of Hekla just earlier today, looking dramatic
and on July the 16 looking peaceful.
I wish you a “sunny” weekend. The first round in the Sheepy Dalek Bar is on the house, celebrating the 50K comment.
Update: Here is a new Riddle from Carl instead:
“Oh no, here comes the mother of all golfers!”
It is a mineral of course.
And the current standing regarding Alan´s riddles:
KarenZ got the Boulangerite. And I also awarded an extra point for Bakerite to some mysterious person named Spica…
I flat out refuse that Bakerite is not a correct answer also to that conundrum. Not only is it perfect for the Riddle, it also alludes to Sherlock Holmes who lived on Baker Street. And all the Riddlers in here are rather Sherlockian in their approach.
And being the greedy old dragon that i am. I will let that go into the list because this is most likely the only chance i stand with Alan´s.
So.. new ranking
3 Henri le Revenant