White Island – Whakaari

Mike Ross mentioned that hydrothermal activity on White Island is above normal scales. News Volcanic Alert Bulletin WI-2013/02 – White Island Volcano http://t.co/GX3JAEdu The volcano had shown some unrest last year, by chance (?) on the same day as Tongariro. Check …Eruptions at Tongariro & Whaakari (White Island) and 1 million viewers! Author Carl August 7th. Bruce Stout…

The Taupo Volcanic Zone – Part 3

Ok, so now we know a bit about the tectonic setting, a bit about what the volcanoes in the TVZ can produce.. what’s left is all the juicy stuff, all the questions that come to mind, such as Why is the TVZ so prolific? Why is rhyolitic volcanism constrained in a band between Okataina and…

TVZ Part II -Taupo Volcano

This is a Swedish dump truck. A very good Swedish dump truck. It can carry a load of 39,000 kg – let’s be generous. Let’s say 40 tons. It makes the maths easier. Now imagine 192,500 of these dump trucks passing your door. That’s right 192,500. Every second. Oh, and they must be going at…

The Taupo Volcanic Zone – Part I

This is the first installment of a series I have been planning to do for, um, about 16 years, on the TVZ and I should state right up front I am one of the least qualified people around to do this, being neither a geologist nor currently in New Zealand. What’s more I gleaned virtually…