Name that Volcano – Mt Erebus
Erebus was a primordial Greek god of darkness, the son of Chaos (Khaos).
Periodic Table – Atomic Numbers
5 = B
63 = EU
109 = MT
75 = RE
16 = S
The letters make up an anagram of Mt Erebus – by putting them in order one is enlightened!!
Congratulations to the winners Sissel and KarenZ!
Mount Erebus is, after Mount Sidney the second highest volcano in Antartica with 3794 m elevation. It is located on Ross Island where the inactive volcano Mount Terror is also located. Mt. Erebus is part of the pacific “Ring of Fire” ( Renato will love that!). Since 1972 Mt. Erebus is being monitored and it has been active ever since.
It is a mixture of a shield volcano and a stratvolcano.
In 1977 Ait Newzealnd offered regular sightseeing flights over antartica till Flight 901 crashed into the mountain because the sight was zero ( sectror witheout conditions) In summer, when the snow melts, the cash site were 257 people died is clearly visible till today.
Maybe you have forgoten but we have our very own expert on Mt. Erebus here on VC. A cousin of Newby´s grandfather had joined the expedition to explore it from 1914 to 1917.
Ever since she discovered this fact, she is especially interested in it and so she wrote an article on it for Volcanocafe which was published here almost a year ago. A year is a long time. This article sure is worth re-reading so i do recommend it for your weekends entertainment!!!
Mount Erebus, Ross Island and the Age of Exploration Author: Newby, December 3rd. 2011
This article by Natinal Geographic is also a nice reading and provides extra information. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/07/mount-erebus/judson-text
I always write up the answers to the riddles. One purpose for this habit is to teach you how the different riddle masters tick. In case someone would have read it, he/she could have found out that Suzie likes constructing words out of chemical formulas because she did it before, with her Name that Volcano riddle #2
At the moment the answers to NTV riddles can be found on Answers to miscellaneous Riddles, if Suzie continues to provide as many riddles, she will receive a page of her own.
Following are some links on Mt: Erebus and some comments which i stored here because they were too long to sum up in a few words.
Link posted by Diana
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00445-012-0649-2 ( link posted by Diana)
http://erebus.nmt.edu ( link posted by Kilgharrah )
Greek Mythology identifies Chaos as being the mother of Erebus.
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=JMknAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA265&lpg=PA265&dq=erebus+son+chaos+literature&source=bl&ots=7vWSjclnX0&sig=ZMxHYTlwoEL6x0GmY6ZwXdzTqSQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PZSwUOPHOcXb0QX_p4DQBw&ved=0CEIQ6AEwAzgU#v=onepage&q=erebus%20son%20chaos%20literature&f=false ( link posted by Kilgharrah )
jeannie: Mount Erebus – EREBOS (or Erebus) was the Protogenos (primeval god) of darkness, His mother was Khaos Her name khaos literally means the gap, the space between heaven and earth. Khaos was the mother or grandmother of the other substances of air: Nyx (Night), Erebos (Darkness), Aither (Light) and Hemera (Day), as well as the various emotion-affecting Daimones which drifted through it. She was also a goddess of fate like her daughter Nyx and grand-daughters the Moirai. http://www.theoi.com/Protogenos/Khaos.html
GeoLurking: SHE walks in beauty, like the night
Noiseless glide with grace not felt
Stillness looms without the light
Cacophonous roar as the dog then yelps.
(It ain’t Lord Byron, but it’s more accurate)
Oliver St John-Mollusc: The first sentence is verbatim out of Hesiod’s Theogeny and your riddle could be a very condensed synopsis. However, it does not lead to Erebus so you managed to include a red herring as well:
First of all, Chaos (emptiness) came into being, next broad-bosomed Earth, the solid and eternal home of all. Next came Eros (desire), the most beautiful of the immortal gods, who in every man and every god
softens the muscles and overpowers better judgment. Out of Chaos came Darkness and black Night, and out of Night came Light and Day, her children conceived after union in love with Darkness. Earth first produced starry Sky, equal in size with herself, to cover her on all sides. Next she produced the tall mountains, the pleasant haunts of the gods, and also gave birth to lifeless waters. All this she did this without the passion of love.
Thereafter Earth lay with Sky and gave birth to Ocean with its deep current… After these came cunning Cronus (time) the youngest and boldest of her children; and he grew to hate his father, Sky, who had sired him.
Earth also gave birth to violent Cyclops: Thunderer, Lightening, and Flash, who later gave to Zeus the thunder and the lightning bolt. They were like the gods in all respects except that a single eye stood in the middle of their foreheads, and their strength and power and skill were in their hands.
There were also born to Earth and Sky three more children, who were
big, strong, and horrible: Cottus and Briareus and Gyes. This unruly brood had a hundred monstrous hands sprouting from their shoulders, and fifty heads on top of their shoulders growing from their sturdy bodies. They had monstrous strength to match their huge size.
Of all the children born of Earth and Sky, these were the boldest, and their father hated them from the beginning. As each of Sky’s children was about to be born, he would not let them reach the light of day; instead he hid them all away in the bowels of Mother Earth. Sky took pleasure in doing this evil thing. In spite of her enormous size, Earth felt the strain within her and groaned. Finally she thought of an evil and cunning stratagem. She instantly produced a new metal, gray steel, and made a huge sickle. Then she laid the matter before her children; the anguish in her heart made her speak boldly: “My children, you have a savage father. If you will listen to me, we may be able to take vengeance for this evil outrage: he was the one who started using violence.”
This was what she said, but all the children were gripped by fear, and not one of them spoke a word. Then great Cronus, the cunning trickster, took courage and answered his good mother with these words: “Mother, I am willing to undertake and carry through your plan. I have no respect for our infamous father, since he was the one who started using violence.” This was what he said, and enormous Earth was very pleased. She hid him in ambush and put in his hands the sickle with jagged teeth, and instructed him fully in her plot. Huge Sky came drawing night behind him and desiring to make love; he lay on top of Earth stretched all over her.
Then from his ambush his son reached out with his left hand and with his right took the huge sickle with its long jagged teeth and quickly sheared the testicles from his own father and threw them away. The drops of blood that spurted from them were all taken in by Mother Earth, and in the course of the revolving years she gave birth to the powerful Furies [Spirits of Revenge] and a race of Giants with shining armor and long spears. As for the organs themselves, for a long time they drifted round the sea just as they were when Cronus cut them off with the steel edge and threw them from the land into the waves of the ocean; then white foam issued from the divine flesh, and in the foam a girl began to grow. First she came near to holy island of Cythera, then reached Cyprus, the land surrounded by sea. There she stepped out, a goddess, tender and beautiful, and round her slender feet the green grass shot up. She is called Aphrodite by gods and men because she grew in the froth… Eros [Desire] and beautiful Passion were her attendants both at her birth and at her first going to join the family of the gods. The rights and privileges assigned to her from the beginning and recognized by men and gods are these; to preside over the whispers and smiles and tricks which girls employ, and the sweet delight and tenderness of love.
Great Father Sky called his children the Titans, because of his feud with them: he said that they blindly had tightened the noose and had done a savage thing for which they would have to pay in time to come.
Kilgharrah: Greek Mythology can be so lurid – the jaggedy toothed sickle and discarded testicles don’t bear thinking too long about! I had not meant the first sentence to be a red herring – the source below (Encyclopedia Britannica) identifies Chaos as being the mother of Erebus.
But hey its a myth after all!!