Quick update for late on Friday - much more to say on Monday. I promise. Really.

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It's been over a month since the last MVP, so I thought it might be time to throw out another. Last time, Chris Reykjavik got the right answer - Kaula Island in Hawai`i (top left), a remnant of a tuff cone on a shield volcano - after what might be a record number of guesses by the Eruptions crew. Hopefully the new one will give you similar fits.

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Well, I feel like a broken record, but I apologize for the dearth of posts. Amongst other things, I am mired in my third year review here, so I've been using up a lot of my non-teaching/research time in writing a professional statement. It can definitely be a time sink, but considering it will decide whether I get to stick around here for another 3 years, well, it might be worth the time, eh?

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Our somewhat quiet (beyond Etna's frequent paroxysms - and the cool lava "spine" that formed after the last one) volcanic fall continues. We have been following a lot of rumbling around the world - and we've seen some minor eruptions - but all in all, September has been a fairly low-key month when it comes to volcanic activity.

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