Tony Shepps Thursday Aug 2 10:55 AM
8/2: Volcanic stuff
Shivetya Thursday Aug 2 11:18 AM
How much particle content?
I wonder if anyone is measuring the "plume" content, as in volume of material and what hazardous content there is?
lisa Thursday Aug 2 12:40 PM
Re: 8/2: Volcanic stuff
Shivetya Thursday Aug 2 01:06 PM
Even if we do it everyday
It needs to be taken into context with what Mother Nature can do.
CyclopONE Thursday Aug 2 04:15 PM
Re: How much particle content?
-the explosion was heard as far away as Australia.
-After the eruption, only 1/3 of the island remained, the rest having been sunk into the ocean.
-the total amounts of ash, dust, etc, was enough to lower global temperatures by 1.2C. Global temps did not return to normal until 1888, five years after the eruption.
-The total energy released by the eruption was about 200 MegaTons of TNT. By comparison, the Hiroshima bomb was only 20 KiloTons.
I'm always in awe of the power of Mother Nature's fury. If you've ever seen a tornado in person, you'll know what I mean.
elSicomoro Friday Aug 3 03:49 PM
Speaking of Pinatubo
I remember I was visiting the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in the summer of 1992. And I remember overhearing one of the workers/guides explaining to someone that temperatures were cooler that summer was because of Mt. Pinatubo's eruption. It makes sense now that I think about it--all the ash spewed during the eruption spread all over and caused more cloud cover than usual. Now whether this was actually the case, who knows, as I was only overhearing this. But it sounds plausible.
Whit Saturday Aug 4 12:11 AM
It sounds plausible enough, but still you'd think just the presence of lava would warm up the area. It's hard to say by the dress of the people in the picture.
Katkeeper Saturday Aug 4 08:00 AM
In a book called In Control of Nature, John McPhee tells of people on Iceland protecting their harbor by pouring cold sea water onto the lava to cause it to solidify. It worked, but nature being what it is, one wonders for how long...
alphageek31337 Sunday Aug 5 03:23 AM
actually, we're pretty sure that soemthing big slammed into us from outer space, I think the latest scientific belief (as science truly is a cover for the Cult of Logic, but hey, I don't mind, it lets my head feel better) is that it hit somewhere around/in the Gulf of Mexico. There's your nugget for the day, now I go back to my guitar....later
jaguar Sunday Aug 5 05:01 AM
Yea i ahve to agree with alpha, that is the accept cause pretty much, of course another theory could come along otmrrow, thats the beauty of the cult of sciene over religion, it can admit its wrong and change paths.
Katkeeper Sunday Aug 5 07:36 AM
The volcanic theory was advanced before the meteor (or whatever crashed into us) theory. At the end of an era there is often a lot of volcanic activity, which is why the theory was suggested.
jaguar Monday Aug 6 02:46 AM
jaguar Monday Aug 6 02:46 AM
ohhhhhh........pardon my pretentious religion comment - i was in a n arrogant mood obviosuly
Katkeeper Monday Aug 6 06:34 AM
And you are totally right with saying another theory can come along tomorrow. That is - if tomorrow ever comes, considering the effects of volcanic activity, meteors, and the like. We had a meteor here in the East recently which I missed, having been in Califormia at the time. Many saw the flash in the sky and it was thought by some to have landed in a corn field in northern Pennsylvania.
jaclyn8700 Tuesday Apr 11 09:25 PM
WOW . those pictures are beautiful..
mitheral Thursday Apr 13 03:07 PM
The first one is so surreal it looks like a 'shop job.
Ibby Thursday Apr 20 06:35 AM
People were talking about Pinatubo back there...
nyet Tuesday May 9 10:52 PM
yes. they are stunning.
floatingk Wednesday May 10 08:50 AM
This reminds me of high school in New Zealand and the volcano by Lake Taupo erupted. You could see the lava flow at night from Te Kuiti and wake up nose burning and cars covered in ash, sometimes an inch thick. I think it only took one car dealership to learn the rest of em that volcanic ash and water removes paint due to the high sulfuric something content, ie acid...