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…

Ruminarian IV – You asked for it.

CAVEAT: I am not a Geologist, Seismologist, Ornithologist, Hematologist, Banker (I have a soul), Congressman (I knew my parents), Auto Mechanic (well, professionally I’m not) or formally trained in any of this. I am an amateur, just like you. In other words, take it with a grain of salt, I can be wrong. This sort…

Highlights of the week

Our GeoLurking has done a plot SO2 vs. year a while back, but that was mainly concentrated on the northern hemisphere. Now he found the data for the southern hemisphere too!! Quote:  “SCORE!!! Notice 230 AD. No SO2 bump (to speak of) in the southern Hemisphere. That was when a VEI-6 from Taupo pumped about…

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…