Due to the talk I recently listened to, where it was stated that there are no active volcanoes in Central Europe or in Europe at all besides Etna and the volcanoes of Iceland, I started digging around. Yes, of course most volcanoes of Central Europe are believed to be extinct but, for example, for the Eifel volcanoes this claim certainly cannot be made. El Nathan and Chryphia wrote 2 nice posts on this volcanic field just recently:
Santorini lies in Southern Europe but is an active volcano too, even though it did not erupt for centuries. At least not above the waterline, maybe some volcanic action in that wider area took place below sea level which went unnoticed, just like below sea level eruptions in the the Strait of Sicily did.
Anyway, I have written a short summary on volcanoes in Austria or to be more precise volcanoes in Styria, back in times when Carl was still around and I saw this only as some contribution to VC´s weekend entertainment:
Answers to the friday riddles and volcanoes in Austria: Author Spica July 22nd. 2012.
But Austria obviously had an intense volcanic past and so there are ignneous rocks to be found even on its highest peak, the Großglockner. This fact is unknown to most fellow inhabitants of my homecountry. I plan to try to dig out as much information on this as i can possibly find and start a series.
Ever heard of Austrias youngest (extinct) volcano called Pauliberg in the Burgenland?
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauliberg Located : 47° 35′ 5″ N, 16° 20′ 21″ O
It started its action 20 million years ago and spew lava till 2 million years ago in the area called Pliocene. It is the only firemountain that lies directly on top of older alpine gneiss material. So it is unique in eastern alpine geology.
(Articles are available only in German.)
The basalt found on Pauliberg is among the hardest found worlwide so it seems only natural that a quarry is situated on the northeastern top of the volcano and “harvests” this valuable material. The mountain is only 761 m high and not only natural erosion but also the mining activity has nagged at it largely.
Maybe some other authors would like to join and write something on extinct or active volcanoes in their homecountry?
Chain de puys comes to mind. Bernard Duyck has some information on them in his latest blog entry on “earth on fire”. Or i heard a rumor that there even is a volcano in northern Denmark?Anyone up for this task?
Meanwhile Etna has shown its 7th. paroxysm in 2013 so far, but it was hidden by clouds on the cams and many did not get alarm seeing the tremor rising because the online tremorgraphs stopped working some days ago. Etnaboris took an amazing image which was presented to us by Renato Rio. Another image can be found on facebook.
Iceland is tormented by a violent storm just like the Canary Islands were. This wind action shows on the tremor graphs on both locations.