Mystery Volcano Photo #35
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.
Thank you to all for the comments over on the "state of the blog" post - keep those comments coming. I thought I'd send you off for the weekend with a new Mystery Volcano Photo. If you remember, last time we have a real stumper from Papau New Guinea (submitted by Dr. Philipp Ruprecht). It took a while (and for you all, that means a few hours rather than minutes), but Doug C finally identified MVP #34 as Wagifa Island (see satellite image of Goodenough Island, with Wagipa/Wagifa near the top left of the tear-shaped island), D’Entrecasteaux Island Group in PNG. The shot was taken from Goodenough Island and Wagifa Island is part of this andesite-to-basaltic andesite volcanic cluster.
So, our standings:
updated to reflect the winner of that mystery, Jan Nygard.
As I've been doing for the last couple MVPs, this new image needs some exact information - so you need to identify the volcano and crater in the image ... and provide a rough idea of when it might have been taken.
Mystery Volcano photo #35
MVP #35 - click here to see a larger version.
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