Why we didn’t die – The Short Story of Toba Tuff

We humans are great at imagining really bad things. It is part of our particular survival strategy. Thinking of all possible disaster scenarios and then planning for them. The thinking of doomsday scenarios is what we are particularly good at. The planning not so much. So, if you take two disaster scenarios, why not combine…

Volcano or Environmental Disaster?

One thing I have come to understand about volcanoes is the long term effect they have on the environment. To really understand the size and impact of a volcanic eruption we have to put into perspective by comparing the effect with the environmental disasters we as humans have caused. During the last year or so…

Lakí deconstructed – A Timeline for Destruction

Before I start I would like to point towards the previous 3 parts. It might be a good read for those who missed them when I first published them. Prequel https://volcanocafe.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/central-volcanoes-of-vatnajokull/ Part 1 https://volcanocafe.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/laki-deconstructed-anatomy-of-an-eruption/ Part 2 https://volcanocafe.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/laki-deconstructed-grimsvotn-and-beyond/ The pre Skaftár Fires eruption at Grimsvötn Two weeks (15 may 1783) prior to the eruption at Skaftár…