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
I have started work on this post long before the latest unacceptable political developments, so, it is pure coincidence that it’s getting published just now. In the region around Nemrut Dağı live Kurdish, Turkish and Armenian people. I wish peace for them all – and hopefully, my post will inspire interest in this wonderful part of the world.
Nemrut Dağı* volcano has so many interesting features within and outside its caldera that it would probably take a several-week-long holiday do visit and explore them all. It has produced many colourful layers in ignimbrites during its various, mainly Plinian eruptions, as well as lava domes and obsidian flows, open fissures, steam chimneys, lava caves, what have you. I think this will become my favourite volcano! Continue Reading
About everybody knows that Guatemala has three very active volcanoes: Fuego, Pacaya and Santa Maria’s dome Santiaguito – but did you know that a staggering 324 eruptive centers have been identified in that country?
Papandayan is the volcano you can actually see on satellite images (e.g. Google Earth) even from a view point 800 km above ground – it is the white patch of a collapse scar that stands out in stark contrast from the dark green forest. The volcano sits at the southern end of the Kendang-Papandayan mountain range.
G. Papandayan is generally said to be 2665 m high but there seems to be some confusion as to location and actual height Continue Reading
When the news reported multiple volcanoes erupting in Vanuatu – when new volcanoes appeared near Tonga Islands – when earthquakes shook most of Melanesia left right and center – I have often wondered if, or why, there are no volcanoes on the Fiji Islands? Well, you probably guess the answer – of course there are! They are just not very busy at the moment, so they may escape our attention, and may lull the residents in false security, too. The three that are mentioned by the GVP are Taveuni and Koro Islands, and Nabukelevu which occupies the SW end of Kadavu Island. Continue Reading
Ischia (pronounced: ‘Is-kyah) is a densely inhabited volcanic island in the Bay of Naples, on the mid-southwestern coast of Italy, some 30km from the Naples mainland. Most people know that the island of Ischia is of a volcanic nature. Many of them believe that it is just another extinct volcanic cone, layers over layers of lava, piled up throughout distant eruptive periods. Not so! The interesting thing is that it’s not your off-the-shelf volcano grown from a seamount before emerging above the sea surface. Ischia has a distinctly different geological history compared to the island volcanoes we know from subduction zones. And, of course, it is not extinct. Continue Reading
“The 7th June anno 1656. Att evening wee arrived att Ascention and anchored on the NW side of the iland. On our rightt hand was a faire sandy bay Continue Reading
Although I have known that the Avachinsky is one of the more active volcanoes in Kamchatka, somehow I habitually tended to skip it when checking webcams and reports for new activity in Kamchatka – I saw forever this owl face, this snow-covered, never-changing mountain… That has changed since I came across this wonderful diary by a 19th century German-Baltic geologist and explorer, K. v. Ditmar. He had lived and worked 1851-55 in Petropavlovsk, at the foot of two magnificent volcanoes. Although he didn’t manage to get to the crater – bad weather, strong gas emissions and superstitious company made him abandon two attempts – he loved volcanoes! Continue Reading