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.
Monday Musings: Tambora's rumblings in the news, Cleveland's new dome and flights resume in Argentina
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?
GVP Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for September 7-13, 2011: Canaries rumbling and lots in Indonesia
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.
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.