Sunday summary cw3

cw3 = calender week 3

Jamie found a gem: Hekla eruption 1947!

Erik Klemetti wrote an article on Tolbachik on his blog Eruptions! With some cool Nasa images and videos and an interactive image link!
This interactive link was also posted here by Renato.
He also pointed to an image link of a recent expedition to Cordon Caulle

A screenshot from the webcam i took on Sunday so the volcano is still very activea. Cam link: Right when i was editing this post the plume was visible again.

The blog Volcano monitoring of the North Pacific has its last entry dated January 16th.

Bernard Duyck wrote an artcile on tectonic and seimic hazards in Iran:

And because some people here noticed some unrest in El Hierro i checked Manfred Betzwieser´s Blog and he published this beautiful video!

But he is not reporting of any change in the situation! Earthquake Report states that there is no renewed activity just some degassing going on, which occurs on a regular basis, it is just a little bit stronger than before.

I was waiting for the results for Alas riddle but i could not completly figure out the winners. He said 1 Ding for Kilgarrah for finding saltation, and one for Diana. for the comment (Quote Diana) ” I got a picture here of a ventifact ……. and a link to all about it…here’s the site
…..and here is a nice brazil nut shaped ventifacted rock. Caused by wind abrasion.” Sherine had mentioned Dreikanter earlier. So please dear evil Alan tell me again who won how many points.

Ranking for  NTV: Updated January 20th.

9 Alison
8 Sherine France
6 KarenZ
5 Sissel
5 Kelda
4 DebbieZ
3 Chryphia
3 Spica
3 dfm
2 Bruce Stout
2 UKviggen
1 Irpsit
1 Inge B
1 Stoneyard
1 Grimmster
1 cbus20122
1 jeannie
1 fred

Riddle Name That Volcano #15 was published in Sheepy Dalek and 2 riddles.

No 1 – Visitors to this mountain, a special biodiversity hotspot, find several differing ecosystems. 
No 2  Ski region Canada ‘02. Golfing center Scotland ‘05. Seaside town Germany ‘07. ? ‘08. 
No 3 – Archimedes, Pythagoras, Newton, Gauss …. & they have in common? 
No 4 – Did the 14th century poet’s journey into hell come to a premature end here? 
No 5 – Fiction tells of a dying man, his life of decadence & recognition of his failure as a writer. 
No 6 – Evidence infers that until the late 1800s a global human record was held by its summit. 
No 7 – First it was cut off & then, by way of the capital’s bridge, it was open to the public.

Answers Explanations Links and Points
Well done to all ‘solvers’

No 1 Pico Basile – Alison at 00.02 1 point
Anagram (diversity!) of ‘special bio’
Far larger than any mountain in the Eastern United States, the dormant volcano of Pico Basile towers over Malabo at 3011 m. Its virgin rainforest is home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles and plants. Rising directly from the ocean, it offers visitors the chance to explore four different ecosystems.
No 2 Mount Usu – ukviggen at 18.25 1 point
G8 Summit locations: Kananaskis in Canada, Gleneagles in Scotland, and Heligendamm
in Germany. The 2008 G8 Summit was held near Mount Usu at Lake Toya, Japan.
No 3 Craters of the Moon – KarenZ at 20.05 1 point
Archimedes, Pythagoras, Newton and Gauss are all names of craters on the moon (as well as prominent mathematicians). Craters of the Moon, the largest lava field of the Snake River Plain, covers about 1600 sq km with more than 60 mappable lava flows erupted from eight fissure systems. About 25 cinder cones up to 250-m high formed primarily along a 45-km-long segment of the Great Rift, the principal 2-8 km wide fissure system that trends NW-SE through Craters of the Moon National Monument.
No 4 Mount Erebus – Alison at 17.14 1 point
Dante’s Inferno (Italian for “Hell”) is the first part of Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. It is an allegory telling of the journey of Dante through Hell. In 1992 the inside of Mount Erebus was explored by Dante 1, an eight legged tethered robotic explorer. Dante was designed to acquire gas samples from the magma lake inside the inner crater of Mount Erebus. Dante successfully scaled a significant portion of the crater before technical difficulties emerged and it lost all communication with the surface. Unfortunately, Dante had not yet reached the bottom of the crater and so no data of volcanic significance was recorded.
No 5 – Kilimanjaro – KarenZ at 12.46 1 point
The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Miller Hemingway. The story centers on the memories of a writer named Harry who is on safari in Africa He has developed an infected wound from a thorn puncture, and lies awaiting his slow death. This loss of physical capability causes him to look inside himself, at his memories of the past years, and how little he has actually accomplished in his writing.
No 6 – Llullaillaco – KarenZ at 18.15 1 point
It has been confirmed that Incas climbed Llullaillaco in the pre-Columbian period. Artifacts on the summit constitute the highest evidence of human presence worldwide before the late nineteenth century. In 1999 on Llullaillaco’s summit, an Argentine-Peruvian expedition co-directed by Johan Reinhard and Argentine archaeologist Constanza Ceruti found the perfectly preserved bodies of three Inca children, sacrificed approximately 500 years earlier.
No 7 – Traitor’s Head – Alison at 23.31 1 point
Upon London Bridge, following execution, the heads of traitors were stuck on spikes for all to see. National triumphs were marked by gorgeous processions over the water. The bridge was the focal point of the city and for all England.


70 thoughts on “Sunday summary cw3

  1. Anyone else having this problem? I cannot read the comments on Eriks blog anymore. I get a line, “DISQUS seems to be taking longer than usual. Reload?” But nothing happenes or load, not even after hours.

  2. Thank you Spica. I know how long it takes to type out a post. Your dedication is greatly appreciated. :).
    I am pasting Lurking’s last comment here because it is Monday and it made me laugh. Lurking finds plots everywhere! Also a good recipe.
    It’s too cold and snowy here for a rumination… I need to get a hot shower and into my thermals ASAP…. 😀 ( I hope this is not counted as plagiarism!)

    GeoLurking says:
    January 21, 2013 at 05:08
    OT: How long before the culinary world catches up with cutting edge technology? In what year will some enterprising chef release their “thermobaric chicken” recipe?

    Note: The process would both tenderize and cook the meal, and preferably, not scatter it over a sizable area.

    Also… I’m not sure what this is. Though it appears that the intention is to be able to eat it afterwards.

    An alternate link for the Chicken Masala.

    • For those that don’t quite catch the meaning of thermobaric… “heat” and “pressure”, as in a thermobaric bomb… such as a FAE (fuel air explosive) like a Daisy-Cutter. They were quite handy for making ad-hoc landing zones for helicopters by leveling all of the trees in an area and nullifying any ground threats that may have been lurking there.

      In more modern times, they were used in neutralizing threats in tunnel systems by sending a high pressure wave through the tunnel and removing most of the breathable air.

      If properly controlled it should render a chicken savory in less than a second…. failing that, it would just render the chicken.

      It it’s still clucking, it’s not Daisy Cutter™ Braised Chicken!

    • OK! I am blonde! I don’t quite understand what I am subscribing to. I used to be able to comment but now can’t even see the comments! I am very dubious about subscribing to something that will automatically updateitself in my PC. I may be old fashioned and a control freak when it comes to allowing stuff into my PC but I don’t even let windows update itself automatically as I have had endless problems in the past with downloads that mess up my system. As for internet banking……. The fact that my Bank manager doesn’t use it says it all!!!!

  3. @ Sherine/Diana
    Sorry folk, having web/email problems here, didn’t get VC updates and cursor wouldn’t move on BT site, so using Giggle site – if it works
    One point to Sherine (plus 1/2 to Diana for getting annoyed by me!!)
    @ Dragons
    no emails please, BT mail dead for some reason, work mail tomorrow and Thursday (hopefully)
    Name error changed by Spica

  4. You know what I hate? I have been so obsessed with Hekla recently, I wake up in the middle of the night and check IMO just to see how she is doing, I’m boring all my friends with volcanic trivia and such, then today I minding my own bussiness and BAM!!! An air shock rocks my house. First thing I do is check to make sure my one year old did’nt jump out of his crib, then I scan the horizon to make sure it was’nt the bomb squad getting rid of a WW2 mine, (they have done that before). And sure enough thats what it was. You know it would be nice if they would let a guy know before they start detonating stuff across the street from me.

  5. Happy 40th Birthday Eldfell. My stepssons grandmother lived in the house closest to the fissure. She was a 26 year old single mother living in her parents loft. The night of the eruption after fleeing from their home, it was to late to return home to gather clothes or their personal belongings. The fissure had already started covering their home. They left the Island that night with only the clothes on their backs, and their lives.

  6. The plankton vs degassing debate is continuing, according to Avcan.

    “IGN defends its volcanic origin, degassing, and Professor Division of Robotics marine and Oceanography computing of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Ulpgc), Antonio González Ramos, defends its biological origin, plankton.” Source:

    I guess that if plankton likes warm, fizzy water, they could both be right 😉

  7. Pleistocene Park

    Harvard professor seeks “adventurous” woman to give birth to Neanderthal clone

    I predict a very unhappy childhood. Imagine growing up being the anomaly. I had a hard enough time being of german decent… this kid is actually going to be a Neanderthal. Will the cognitive skills be sufficient to learn language? Grave goods indicate that Neanderthal was capable of symbolic thought. It’s amazing how much we have devolved since then.

  8. Had a nice crepuscular sunset tonight-wonder if tolbachik had any thing to do with it… ?
    Lurk I’m of the opinion that we are closer to Neanderthal the we might think…Also he/she
    may be a lot smarter and capable, also. But, no I do not like idea…

    • It has since been “poo pooed” by the archeo community, but at one time, it was believed that the physical damage evidenced by healed injuries (as evidenced by the remains) placed the overall lifestyle of Neanderthals in line with rodeo cowboys. The takeaway being that they got up close and personal with their prey and suffered similar injuries. Later analysis pointed to repetitive stress injury, much like you would get from napping stones all day. (making arrow and spear heads)

      But hey, they could only last about 570,000 years. Compared to what? our ≈80,000 years?

      • Years ago i took part in a “dig” locally in the foothills of the Grande Ronde Valley.
        This was part of an Anthro Class I took This particular site was an spear/arrowhead factory for the last oh,10,000 years. Not kidding. A large outcrop of Basalt of particularly fine quality.
        What we found was a huge pile of “rejects” where one would be chipping away and
        the rock would break off and one would have to start over-again.What was interesting this lasted from the arrival of the first peoples -some of whom may not have the ancestors of modern native Americans. : this is about “Kennewick man” who threw the whole idea of the
        “First Nations” and “Land Bridge” theories into an uproar.It looks like he may
        have been-Polynesian not really surprising as they were among the best Sailors
        of the ancient world.-maybe the best.
        Anyway we could see that different tribes, styles and culture all used this outcrop of rock>Mazama goes off -depositing oh, a couple of feet of ash..Still they came.
        right up to the arrival of Europeans..It appears that Northern Europeans, Central
        Asian, and Certain Oceania (Polynesian) groups. have the most Neanderthal DNA.
        I don’t think he is gone entirely. Then there is this bit about Cheddar Man:
        “There’s always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm.'”
        “I owe I owe it’s off to Work I go!”

  9. You know its almost Febuary and we havent had much snow. I wonder if the lack of snow this winter will lead to a better chance for an eruption, later in the year?

  10. Yes weather at Tolbachik has been good all yesterday and into the night…i have the video captured….but i am trying to add timestamp before i post it.

  11. Timelapse of Tolbachk from yesterday until this morning..with rough time step would be to put the time stamp in the right timezone

  12. Jamie: I have a slight feeling that Hekla might be getting close for an eruption sometime this winter or spring. There has been a few microquakes ocasionally, also a bit more of inflation. It is just my bet. Somehow Hekla erupts much more often in winter than summer. And like you, I have been watching Hekla more closely (especially as I will hike it next April). But Hekla is a notoriously unpredictable volcano.

  13. Dike intrusion?

    22.01.2013 13:38:13 64.715 -17.327 9.7 km 1.1 99.0 9.2 km SW of Kistufell
    22.01.2013 13:38:12 64.793 -17.282 7.0 km 0.8 99.0 3.8 km WNW of Kistufell
    22.01.2013 13:23:38 64.688 -17.326 4.3 km 1.3 99.0 10.9 km ENE of Bárðarbunga
    22.01.2013 11:47:18 64.702 -17.319 7.2 km 1.4 99.0 10.2 km SSW of Kistufell

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