On and off during recent years I caught some headlines about submarine volcanoes in Italy but never got round to read those studies. Since I came across some really Doom-&-Gloom-The-End-Is-Nigh videos I decided to have a closer look at these. And I’ll give the answer beforehand: Yes there is a real risk. And, yes, there is an awful amount of fearmongering. Continue Reading
Just when I think I will be finished with Antarctic volcanoes for a while, along comes a publication that posits one to several mantle plumes stretching from the Antarctic Peninsula to the Ross Sea. As such, it is probably time to discuss volcanoes in the Antarctic Peninsula.
Looking for the right volcano name to use in my post I found only great confusion, even in official sources. Volcán de Santa Ana is the official name given in Spanish, there’s no doubt. However, in articles across the web you can also find it variously called Ilamatepec, Llamatepec or Lamatepec. Faggioli (2013) notes that all those have no base in the native Náhuat language. The initial “I” in Ilametepec is someone’s invention and plain wrong. It has been called Lamatepec in the work of a 19th century researcher, and this name has since become habitually in use locally. Continue Reading