Vesuvius in Eruption with a A View over the Bay of Naples. Joseph Wright c. 1776- 1780.

Deadly Allure: Mount Vesuvius in Paintings.

Vesuvio in Southern Italy and alarmingly close to the huge conurbation of Naples has been dormant since 1944. It was not always so quiet; as well as numerous and sometimes hugely devastating eruptions documented since 79 AD, the last 285 years have seen significant eruptions in: 1631, 1660, 1682, 1694, 1698, 1707, 1737, 1760, 1767,…

The tell-tale mushroom cloud of a Plinian eruption.

Types of Volcanic Eruptions

After lurking about on this blog since the beginning, and seeing so many requests for explanations of volcanic terms, I decided to try my hand at creating some vocabulary lists.  So here’s one on types of volcanic eruptions. Unfortunately, different names have been applied to different eruption types over time, creating a fair amount of…

Flaming Volcano, the drink of choice for any true volcanoholic.

Flaming Volcano and Name that Lava!

As Kilgharrah told everyone last friday she was expecting puppies. It took a bit longer, and the labour took a bit of time, so she needed to rest. As a poor substitute for her evil-minded riddles we will have a Name that Lava competition. One point will be awarded for the name of the lava…