We find that our blog has been alive, growing and changing for 5 years, which has surprised us, as we didn’t think it was that long. Many, many thanks to you, our readers, for your loyalty, your interest, support and comments. Continue Reading
The Toya – Usu post led me to the interesting volcanic history of Hokkaido, Japan. Found a multiple caldera complex in eastern Hokkaido with three calderas in close proximity to one another. Will write about these for the next few posts.
In many descriptions of volcanoes and their eruption histories we stumble upon the terms Tuff, Tufa or Ignimbrite. Most every self-respecting volcano has one or all of them. Generally it becomes obvious from the context that they refer to widespread deposits of volcanic materials. But what exactly is an ignimbrite?, is it different to tuff?, and where do they all come from?
Tuff and ignimbrite are clastic rocks composed of volcanic Continue Reading
Intro: I wrote this some 12 months ago, a couple months after our M7.1 intraplate earthquake here in Anchorage. This seems a good time to revisit what happened and why. As usual, there are more questions afterwards than before. Cheers –
You may be about 90 and no longer able to travel the volcanoes of the world; you may be a young student lacking the funds as well as the friends willing to climb your favourite volcano with you; you may be an inveterate couch potato, or, you just want to spend some relaxing armchair time during the holiday season – don’t despair! Continue Reading
As so often, and generally without intention, I have hit upon yet another volcano that has all the trimmings of a beast but seems not really to be recognised as such. Up to a few years ago there have been very few studies to find out about the seismological and structural properties of the volcano. Volcán Ceboruco is considered among the five volcanoes with the highest risk in Mexico, and the second most active after Colima volcano in the western Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. Yet, scientists had to point out, in a 2016 study, “that every effort should be made to monitor its seismic activity”. Continue Reading
Today our fancy takes us to the NE of Spain. Just to the corner where the Pyrenees mountain range meets the Mediterranean Sea, to the province of Girona in Catalonia. For millions of us European tourists the Mediterranean Costa Brava with its golden beaches is a household name. As in so many other touristic spots in the world, one could ask, how many of the sun worshippers would have known that, some 60 km inland, there is a volcanic field to be visited? Continue Reading