DIY Volcano + Volcano of the Month + Riddles

How would you build Marum in your back garden? Photograph from Wikimedia Commons taken by Geophile71.

How would you build Marum in your back garden? Photograph from Wikimedia Commons taken by Geophile71.

It is my firm belief that a bored Swede left up to his own devices will sooner or later destroy the planet. Why? A bored Swede will become creative and something will blow up. The big news today in Sweden is about such a bored and inventive Swede. He decided that he wanted to make his own electricity, but he did not put up a few solar panels or a windmill. No, Richard Handl built his own nuclear reactor in the kitchen.

This got me into thinking. Volcanocafé is divided into exactly two categories of people, does who have a volcano in their back garden, and those of us who live far away from any volcano. And we who do not have one are jealous.

So, why not build your own volcano? How would you build a volcano, either a garden “fake” volcano, or how would you start a real volcano where you live? Time to be creative Ladies and Gentlemen! The best suggestions will be edited in next Friday.

Volcano of the Month

It is that time of the month again. Put in your suggestions for the best erupting volcano during March and tomorrow the voting will start.


We have a winner for the first quarter Riddle Championship. It is for the second time in a row Sissel who snagged the win. Kelda grabbed the silver medal and Dinojura44 the bronze.

The new competition will run into the end of June. So, once again the score board is clean and the challenge is open. This time there is one volcanologist, 1 faultline and 3 volcanoes hidden among the riddles. The rules are the same as usual; 2 points will be awarded up until I have appended a clue, after that 1 point is to be had. I will at any time award bonuspoints as I see fit.

  1. Wood dividing gules ichty – Sawtooth Fault (Kelda, 2pt). Gules is the heraldic name for the colour red (tincture) and ichty is fish. Sawtooth Fault is famous for its Redfish.
  2. The wandering zeolite – George Patrick Leonard Walker (Sissel, 2pt). He wrote “Zeolite Zones and Dike Distribution in Relation to the Structure of the Basalts of Eastern Iceland”.
  3. Of A I am made, and I stretch from A to A, Clue: in addition of being made of A I am doubly divorced – Axarbaxar (Kelda, 1pt). Axarbaxar is made of the letter “A” and has two “Xes” in it. It stretches from Azerbadjian to Armenia.
  4. Olympian Hillegom among sealers – Saint Paul Island (Sissel, 2pt). Visited by the ship L’Olympe, initially explored by Harwick Claesz de Hillegom and the island was popular among sealhunters = sealers.
  5. Frozen MacArthur’s knitwear – Quenn Mary’s Peak, Tristan da Cunha (KarenZ, 2pt). The volcano has a small glacier on the top, the fantastic sailer Ellen MacArthur has visited the place and Queen Mary’s Peak is the tradename for Cunhan knitwear.
Score board
24 Sissel
20 Kelda
14 Dinojura44
12 Cryphia
10 Evan Chugg
7 Dorkviking
4 Edward
4 Lughduniense
4 Matt
4 Pyter
4 Spica
3 Diana Barnes
3 GeoLurking
2 Alison
2 Inannamoon
2 UKViggen
2 Bobbi
1 KarenZ
1 Sa’Ke



192 thoughts on “DIY Volcano + Volcano of the Month + Riddles

  1. Update on Ubinas (Peru)
    Ubinas has had a very busy time, with more than 180 “exhalations”/explosions since April 4th.

    From the last daily report (10/04/2014) – Giggle Translation
    – To this day, it continues to record Explosions and/or moderate exhalations accompanied by large seismic activity, and the presence of seismic energy type Harmonic Tremor reflecting a volcanic system over- pressurized , that is, the rise and continuing degassing of magma.
    – Until 16:00 UTC today, April 10, 2014 , the volcano Ubinas has released a total energy of about 4000 MJ , registering five explosions and 14 moderate exhalations shaping an eruption column (associated with gas emissions and ash), 71 seismic events of LP type (associated with fluid motion in a system pressurized) and tremórica activity (associated with degassing of magma) that made a total duration of 9.2 hours.
    – Today the predominant direction of the dispersion of ash was to the northeast.
    – Rainfall were reported ash at 06 hours a day in the towns of Huatagua, Anascapa, Tonohaya and San Miguel.
    – From 12:00 am until the close of this report, ash falls were reported persistently in the town of Querapi.

    report (10/04/2014)

    Monitoring page, incl. webcam

    Webcam image from abt. 1 hour ago

    With that all said – my VotM shall be named Ubinas!

  2. Hm, what is someone whom you are divorced from?
    Only vowel is A, and it is in all the way from A to A. And the name contains two whom you have divorced.

  3. I’m going to guess ATKA. It is a shield volcano in Alaska made of andesite. It begins and ends with the only vowel of A. Don’t know what it has to do with “exes” though.

  4. Wandering off the beaten path…

    According to GVP, “Laxa” is a synonym of Antuco.

    Antuco Volcano is a stratovolcano located in the Bío Bío Region of Chile, near Sierra Velluda and on the shore of Laguna del Laja.

    • That is actually more than 2 weeks of data, not only last few days. 😀

      Offtopic: Whats up with the info of sinkholes appearing at Yellowstone, and the Yellowstone caldera unzipping? 😀 Seems to be popular in the last few days

      • Sinkholes are quite common in a hydrothermally active area. I would not be surprised if a new fumarole or two would pop up there in a while.
        And one thing the caldera is not doing is unzipping. She is by now an old prudish prune who unzip for noone.

      • For an “unzip” to occur, an actual vent to the magma chamber would seem to be a prerequisite. Latter vents would also form along a ring fault like structure. The important item being a ring-fault. Massive seismic activity would be expected as that fault forms for a new structure. In my opinion, this would be quite noticeable.

        As Carl has mentioned, hydrothermal systems can easily excavate minerals from the existing earth. The only thing that dissolves better than water is really hot water. All those travertine deposits on the surface get their minerals from down within the piping structure. As far as I know, there is no mechanism to replace the dissolved minerals as they go into solution… that will eventually yield cavities, and then you have the overburden collapsing into the excavated space. The end result would likely be pools like the Grand Prismatic Spring. Defuniak Springs Florida has a lake formed from a similar collapse in the middle of the city. It formed from more normal karst topology as the limestone was dissolved. The likely culprit there being the Port St Joe fault that cracked the basement rock and allowed water to get down to the limestone.

        Grand Prismatic Spring

        • Grand Prismatic Spring, where nature decided to outdo the colour-scheme of the most stoned LSD Hippie 🙂

          Hm, come think about I have always suspected nature of doing drugs.

          • Well, nature did invent Mescaline and Psilocybin.

            Both are naturaly occurring substances and HAVE to be good for you… just like Curare

            (I’m joking, just because it’s “Natural” or “Organic” doesn’t mean it won’t flat out KILL you.) Think about that the next time you see it boldly emblazoned on a package by some marketing weasel.

            And the next time you hear about an E-Coli scare on lettuce or some other product, thank the dumbass who just had to take a crap in the field where they were working the crop.

  5. Heh… My wife enjoys watching those late night cooking competition shows. She just looked up at the TV and asked what they were using…. to her, it looked like a cement mixer. I have my contacts out so I could not see what it was, but the contestants were yammering about getting access to the mixer.

  6. Before anyone get to existed by the swarm marked Hekla I would like to point out that it is not within the Hekla system. That is on the other side of Vatnafjöll, so it is more than one volcano over from Hekla.
    It is though a very interesting swarm in a volcano that has been dormant for slightly more than 1 000 years now. Before that it was one of Icelands more effusive volcanoes well capable of 1 to 10 cubic kilometer effusive eruptions.
    Judging from size and signature the first M2.9 was tectonic, but as the earthquake progressed they started to look a bit more like an intrusion. The same spot suffered an M5.8 magmatic intrusion earthquake in 1987 and has since that time had one or two small (below M2) earthquakes per week. But swarms are unusual.

    • Good Morning, Carl!
      I woke up and noticed the swarm but, before I could weave a question – there you were with the answer. Cool! Still, I don’t remember seeing so many quakes in these regions in such a sort time span since I have started to watch IMO charts.

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