Mount Fuji (Fujisan)

Mount Fuji  (Fujisan) Mount Fuji, an iconic stratovolocano and Japan’s highest mountain 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft), is 100 km south west of Tokyo (and is also one of the few volcanoes I have actually visited -but not climbed!).  She is a cultural heritage site.  According to UNESCO and Wikipedia, “Mount Fuji has “inspired artists and…

The Azores volcanology. Part 1

The Azores Islands The Azores is an autonomous region of Portugal, situated in the Atlantic Ocean 1500 km west of Lisbon. It’s an archipelago of nine islands, scattered over 600 km. The Azores settlements began first on two eastern islands, Santa Maria and São Miguel (grupo oriental) in 1439 and then on Terceira in 1450, on…

Bárdarbunga and stratovolcano formation

A couple of days ago we received an email containing questions from a bright young student named Jennifer D in West Chester in the United States of America. It seems like she has developed an interest in one of our absolute favorite volcanoes, namely Bárdarbunga in Iceland (among other things). So, I will attempt to…