A “special” Name That Lava for the end of the year

This figure located on the outsides of a church somewhere is made of a volcanic stone.

Which church am i looking for?
Which variety of volcanic rock?
And where is the quarry where it came from located?


Happy new year for Volcano cafe by DFMORVAN
Terrain data comes from NOAA, Made on Octave


Answers to the last riddles.

Alans evil riddle:

Riddle #28 went in on Last Sheepy Dalek weekend of 2012!  

Given that we are in the Milky Way galaxy and Galaxy is a ‘choccy’ brand, I suppose it’s obvious the Moon really could be made of cheese!!

What am I?
From what am I derived?

Winner:  Sissel have a box of choccies!
Answer: Moonmilk!
see pictures of Nothe Clay, about 15% down from start Ranking

15 Sissel
11 Kelda
11 Talla
9 KarenZ
4 Ursula
3 Chyphria
3 Henri le Revenant
2 Diana
2 jeannie
1 GeoLurking
1 lughduniese
1 Sa´ke
1 Sherine
1 purohueso745
1 UKViggen
1 IngeB
1 Carl
1 Spica


Riddle  #12– Name those Volcanoes – Answers, Links and Explanations
Last Sheepy Dalek weekend of 2012! )

No 1 Mauna Loa – Irpsit at 17.57 1 point
The Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation is the world’s largest processor of macadamia seedshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauna_Loa_Macadamia_Nut_Corporation
No 2 Pagan Island – Sherine France at 10.15 1 point
Imbolc, celebrated annually at the beginning of February, is a Pagan Festival
No 3 Mount Merapi – Bruce Stout at 08.21 1 point
An anagram of ‘a prime’ – if a clue seems ‘vague’ – look carefully at the wording!
No 4 Ambrym – Sissel at 09.41 1 point
The island is noted for magic, sand drawing, rom dance, and tamtam (tiki) carvings.
No 5 Deception Island – Alison at 00.41 1 point
No 6 Askja – DebbieZ at 17.40 1 point
No 7 White Island – Sissell at 17.28 1 point

6 Sherine France
4 Alison
4 DebbieZ
4 Sissel
3 Kelda
3 Chryphia
3 Spica
3 KarenZ
1 UKviggen
1 Inge B
1 Bruce Stout
1 Irpsit
1 Stoneyard
1 Grimmster
1 cbus20122
1 jeannie

A special recipe for volcanoholics! Lava bread!
from http://www.aquiziam.com/ten-strange-british-foods.html

More on Lava Bread, a welsh speciality and even a recipe: http://www.welshicons.org.uk/html/lava_bread.php

No my personal suggestion for new years eve.


108 thoughts on “A “special” Name That Lava for the end of the year

  1. Thank you for a lot of interesting riddles, Spica.

    My guess for the church: Clermont-Ferrand, Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-l’-Assomption.

  2. Lava bread (as pictured above) and hummus, on rye – mmm… yummy!

    And a fine looking hybrid dragon griffin – not recognisably Welsh though

  3. Hi boss dragon, something funny going on with the page, recent comments etc is out of place… daren’t fiddle with it myself 🙂

  4. Londorfer Basaltlava is a volcanic rock (Miocene), called “Londorfer Lungstein” by locals. The quarry is located in Rabenau-Londorf. The lava (which is highly resistant to weathering) consists of: 47% plagioclase, 26% augite, 14% olivine, 10% opaque minerals and from other indefinable cryptocrystalline components and has been used for renewal work at the Cologne Cathedral from 1952 to 1998.
    Translated from: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=fe413010-4ac8-4ddb-94b5-60e534276cdc

  5. Some people noticed some oddities, since yesterday.
    I ( for example) do not have a sidebar with all the neat features anymore. Nothing was changed here on VC. WordPress is changing things. So please report what you notice, but give it time, it might go alway on itself. Let me repeat… this is a wordpress change!

  6. The British Foods site was interesting had no idea the Welsh ate the equivalent of Nori
    -which I like, I Never did acquire a taste for Haggis though. Cherokee ancestor whispering
    in ear at a Robert Burns dinner ” Sheep innards! what a perfectly good waste of bow string..!”
    🙂 My mom’s family were part of the “Highland Clearings.” BTW Kind of interesting how so
    many people got places they didn’t want to go.
    Pop made a leftover meal like “Bubble and Squeak”all the time..Rarebit was a staple too.
    Note: Fresh made only!!!
    One other thing th ebit about displacing people this on the bumper of Nez Peirce friend’s
    Pickup:””Trust the Government?-ask an Indian..”

    • Hi tgmccoy, Bubble and Squeak…gosh that takes me back a few years…..my mum used to make that out of the Sunday Roast leftovers ….. potatoes and cabbage…main ingrediants if I remember correctly,,,,.it tasted sooo good….even though at the time I am sure that I absolutely hated cabbage..

      • Don´t you just hate it when IT smart-arses decide to “fix” things that are not broken…why do they always have to make so called improvements to something that works perfectly well???

        • In defense of IT people world wide….

          Many times when you work on something, there may be wide ranging conflicts/interconnects with systems, routines and gear that are not readily apparent, or annotated anywhere.

          There may also be existing problems that are not manifest in what you are working on until you do your test or tweak.

          Example: I changed out the batteries on an APC SU2200. This particular model is designed with “hot swappable” batteries so that you can replace them without having to take the attached equipment offline. In order to clear the error, you hit the test button after the batteries are in place and the system does a quick load test and clears the battery error. Since the local IT felt that they did not need to be there for me to change the batteries because there was no need to take the system offline, they were in a different town dealing with other user issues that they were responsible for.

          Hit the test button.

          The whole rack goes offline. Mail servers, file servers, switches, routers… the whole stack.

          Though I got the system powered back up, and got the local IT enroute to check everything, out, that was unplanned.

          Likewise, I had one call from a site that was complaining about their server beeping. Turns out that a recently added application would activate the speaker on the server if a dongle (a thing that is attached to the machine in order to prove to the software that it is a licensed and valid copy) was not attached. And the operating guidelines that they had dictated that they had to pull the dongle and lock it up at the end of business every day. There was nothing wrong with the equipment. It was just doing something that the software vendor had coded into the program.

          Yeah.. we may be a bit different, but we do our best to make the user’s gear work. With interconnected and occasionally vague/undocumented dependencies in pretty much every system, you will run into snags from time to time. Our job is to work through that mess and try to get the systems up and running.

          • Lurk, I appreciate what you do. My limits are:
            If it quits doing what it is supposed to be doing:
            If that fails,call the local Tech geek, (The one I
            use is Ex-USN BTW….)
            My old outfit used this guy who- rumor had it ,was ex-CIA
            One day in his shop he was building our new office system that I
            was supposed to pickup. I had that “Area 51” hat on, mentioned
            in the previous thread. He knew the guy that gave it to me. Any way
            I asked “There’s a rumor that you worked for the CIA.-I knowing he may
            “Cannot confirm or deny.” . “No” I worked for the National Reconnaissance Office.”
            “That’s why I like the hat..” Nothing more was said…

          • NRO… heh. That’s rich. The NRO didn’t exist (officially) until about 1973.

            For you space aficionados, you can thank the NRO and it’s technology for the birth of the Hubble space telescope. Though geared for scientific research, much of the satellite supporting systems architecture and concepts were fielded and proven by their work.

      • Are you sure? Someone schaid he didn’t touch it, a schure schign. Better asch him what he did so you can reversche it.

        😛 😉

    • I tried too and can’t solve it. Also looked in your latest post html, Spica, if there are perhaps any open tags that could mess up with layout, but I can’t find any (maybe Lurking can double-check this, please?).
      Also tried to find any info on these changes on the forums/support, but can’t find any announcements with respect to changing layouts nor any on not-supporting the twentyten anymore.
      Maybe we could wait until January (could be a over-holidays bug and noone there to fix it) and if it doesn’t get solved, ask at the support forums?

      Btw, the annual reports should soon be out – let’s see who wins the most-comments competition this year! 😉

      • Ursula. Thank you for checking. Mate and me noticed some mayor changes with editing a blog during the last week. I think this is a wordpress bug.

  7. Here is a plot of the recent earthquake swarm at the Bozburun peninsula on the Greece-Turky border which was suggested by Prof. Dr. Övgün Ahmet Ercan could be a new submarine volcano “frency” forming. The report from Dec, 18th: http://www.ahmetercan.net/index.php?mod=HaberDetay&ID=2191&haber=1 mentions an 8 m swirl on Nov 24th and they have been measuring a slightly elevated temperature above the fault (19.2 vs 16°C), all under close observation of the Greece coastguard (my interpretation of the giggle translation, no guarantee!).

    The earthquakes have subsided a lot as you can see in my plot. Most of the earthquakes were above the Moho layer, but a couple are deep in the Benioff zone.

    Notice a new feature: Annotations! 🙂

    The Bozburun region, like the Nisyros caldera and Santorini for example, is right above the Benioff zone marked by a belt of deep (green) earthquakes, as can be seen on this screenshot from the IRIS earthquake browser showing historic activity.

    • Very Nice!

      About the only thing I would do would be another rotation, and perhaps center up on the quake area a bit closer on the second or possibly a third rotation.

      Excellent Plot!

    • Intriguing as well as impressive work! People who can process data and present it in a manner intelligible to us anamathematicians always impress me.

      I am reminded here of the Herdubreid swarms that gave a similar impression until the scale was jacked up. Then it became clear that the quakes were oriented along fault lines. Perhaps a similar treatment of both areas of interest; the blue funnel and the red sill (for want of better descriptions) might yield greater insights?

  8. Well! here we still are. The end of 2012… For those suffering from Doomsday withdrawal symptoms here’s a list of the next possible End of World dates.
    May I remind you that The Apocalypse is not recognised by Government tax departments as a reason for Tax evasion. Tax collection is probably older than prostitution as a means of making a living and carries equal if not more social stigma and debate.
    Have a very Happy 2013 and may it be more secure, prosperous and peaceful for you all where ever you may be.

  9. Tax collection is probably older…

    The only real difference, is that the collectors of “tax” have managed to re-package the concept into something more palatable than “extortion,” which at it’s core, is what it is.

    Prostitution on the other hand, doesn’t really need to be re-branded. The clientele and the practitioners have no misgivings about what is involved and don’t really need to hide that fact from each other. (Not saying it’s a good industry, just that what is involved is not hidden from each other by the parties involved.)

    Governments gloss over their extortion racket by making a pretty sounding name. “Taxes, Fees and Permits” sound so much nicer than “Give me your money or I’m gonna take it”

    • On that note, did you know that in Sweden it is (still) illegal to own a moose? The reason? In bygone days, farmers would just mount their pet moose and make off into the peat bogs where the horses of the enforcers could not go. It made tax collection too difficult and the idea of mounting the tax collectors on tamed moose seems to have never occurred to those involved in this lucrative business.

      Then again there are some services of great benefit to the individual that are impossible to provide unless you allow taxation. As an example, centuries ago the much reviled church and monasteries provided basic education and medical care as well as took off the worst edges of brutally egoistic behaviour with the threat of eternal damnation.

      A pity we do not have a similar weapon against the great thieves of our times – unless you count the threat of not being re-elected as the modern equivalent…

    • I’ve got one more run to make and then I have to record my mileage for tax purposes.

      Yee Haw.

      For those looking for investment advice, I reccomend metals. Ideally, those that will best hold their value… like brass and lead.

      (Note: This isn’t real advice, it’s a joke. I am not a financial counselor)

      • In case your friendly IRS-agent steps by, an investment in metals such as Thallium, Selenium, Polonium etc might pay handsome dividends

  10. Hi on the last day of the old year.
    Explanations for the special riddle. It was the cathedralof Köln as it was corectly identified by Sissel. I had seen a dukomentary about it some weeks ago where they said, the Wasserspeier are made of Trachyte from Drachenfels. And that they need the same stones when they create new replacements of old figurines which suffered with time and weather. So chyphria gets the Drachenfels and trachity point. She had all other materials as well. In case this very gargoyle/dragon was made of an other material.

    • Any takers on my idea for ‘Volcanoes of the South Pacific’?

      Stumbling on loads of little known Holocene volcanoes.

      Rescued by Suzue, Approved by Sissel.

      We do not know why it landed in spam, but let me note, that this is exactly the kind of comments i dont like to see by you Lucas. If you want to write something, just do it, but dont make VC commenters do it for you. Spica

  11. Flying by…. just stopping in to wish you, as one of VC’s biggest fans, a fabulous New Year and a huge huge thanks to everyone who makes this place what it is, in particular Spica, who has invested a ginormous amount of time and effort into making this place tick, and all the dragons (and, of course, Carl in his absence, though technically Carl is not a dragon, but is rapidly becoming a mythical being, which is close, I guess). Really sterling stuff all round. And thanks, too, to all who post comments as this often takes us to places hitherto unthought of… (no, that is not pronounced hit-her-too as one student once asked me)… and all the other banter and chit-chat… never fails to make me feel a bit chirpier (in what has actually been a really crappy year … but more of that some other time) and all the plotters and other thinkers. It is kind of sad we were more or less shoe-horned out of Erik’s blog by disqus but, in the end, maybe we now have the best of both worlds: Erik’s for the professional, technical aspects where we can throw a question at Erik or Boris and this place we there is room for every idea and concept. I’ll be toasting you all tonight, come midnight. Cheers! B.

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