Photograph from the Wikimedia Commons showing the location of the volcanic vents and the size and depth of the Caldera.

Debunking Caldera Myths

Post by cbus20122: Before this post gets read, I would like to note that I am not a scientist or geologist. If any information is inaccurate in this post, I would like to encourage the more scientifically inclined to correct me and inform readers if there are any inaccuracies! Caldera Volcanoes.. The Mythological Beast of…

Photograph from Wikimedia Commons. The Somma caldera of Mt Aso in Japan.

Lost Weekend…

How to kill a weekend. As some of you have observed, last week I asked for anyone running across a caldera size and eruption volume to give me a quick shout here on the forums. Ostensibly, I was going to compile a spreadsheet in order to look at Hagstrum’s hotspot list compared to large caldera…

Amsterdam Island with visible craters.

Chain of Dead Poets!

The Amsterdam St Paul hotspot is one of the weaker hotspots around. It has created the St Paul and Amsterdam Islands, the now active Boomerang Seamount (last known eruption 1995), and an elongated chain of seamounts called the Chain of Dead Poets. These are remnants of the eruptive wake of the Amsterdam St Paul hotspot…

When Santorini erupts I will pack a particle filter mask, a mining helmet, googles, a backpack full of water-bottles and book a room at Katikies hotell. Imagine sitting in this infinity-pool looking at the distant view of Nea Kameni as it farts out a slow and nice VEI-2. I will so do it.

The Santorini Midget Lava Blob!

Sometimes there is news about volcanoes that get blown out of all proportion. The island volcano of Santorini has unassumingly been erupting with small eruptions for the last 2 000 years or so. It is though mainly known for its VEI-7 Thera eruption 3 600 years ago. Why do I mention the small ones? Well, a large…