Iceland issues stamps made with Eyjafjallajökull ash
Now you can own stamps made with ash from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption - all thanks to the Icelandic Post.
I write the Eruptions blog on Big Think. I've been mesmerized with volcanoes (and geology) all my life. It helps that part of my family comes from the shadow of Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia, where I could see first hand the deadly effects of volcanic eruptions. Since then, I've taken a bit of a winding path to become a volcanologist. I started as a history major at Williams College, almost went into radio, but ended up migrating to geology, including an undergraduate thesis on Vinalhaven Island, Maine. I followed this up by changing coast to get my Ph.D. from Oregon State University. Then I ran a MC-ICP-MS lab at University of Washington for a spell (and wrote for an indie rock website). I spent three years as a postdoctoral scholar at University of California - Davis studying the inner workings of magmatic systems. I am now an assistant professor at Denison University and have projects in New Zealand, Chile and Oregon.
I am fascinated by volcanoes, their eruptions and how those eruptions interact with the people who live around the volcanoes. I started this blog after getting frustrated with the news reports of volcanic eruptions. Most of them get the information wrong and/or are just sensationalistic. I will try to summarize eruptions as they occur, translate some of the volcanic processes that are happening and comment on the reports themselves.
And no matter what people tell you, I definitely do not have a cat named Tephra. (OK, I do).
You can find out more about my research by visiting my website. If you have any comments, questions or information, feel free to contact me at eruptionsblog at gmail dot com.
\nOne of the commemorate Eyjafjallajökull ash stamps being issued by the Icelandic Post - made with ash from the eruption itself.
Many Eruptions readers would consider themselves volcanophiles (or volcanificiandos?) and I would venture to guess there is a subset of volcano enthusiasts who are also philatelists as well. A philatelist (for those of you out of that select circle) is a stamp enthusiast - a stamp collector. Now, in our modern interwebbed world, I wonder if stamp collecting as a hobby has diminished, but that doesn't stop countries from still trying to make some money from stamp collectors (and that is not necessarily a bad thing).\n\n
Why this sojourn into philatelia? Well, Dr. Robert Zierenberg here at UC Davis (of the "drilling into active magma" fame) just sent me an article link that mentions that the Icelandic Post will be issuing a set of stamps commemorating the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. The three stamps have artistic rendering of the fissure and central vent phases of the eruption.Now, what is really interesting about these stamps is they will be made using the trachyandesitic ash of the eruption itself. Yes, you can buy stamps made with ash silkscreened onto the stamp - so not only will the stamp commemorate the eruption, but it will also contain (albeit trace amounts) of the eruption itself. Now, this isn't the first time something like this has been tried - there are apparently stamps that have been issued with trace meteorite dust, soils, granite and gems - so you never know what bonuses you might be getting when you open your post box (and try that with email).
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