Category Archives: Volcanism

Speedbumps

I apologise for things being a bit quiet around here recently – I can only blame my shonky time planning in failing to fit new posts in. I’ve actually started penning 3 or 4 over the last couple of months, then something … Continue reading

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The experimentalist

I got asked a question the other day, and it got me thinking. The question was ‘what makes a good scientist?’ The more I thought about it, the more I realised that while there are a number of key traits … Continue reading

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Tongariro Fireworks

Following the little spike of activity back in August, Tongariro in New Zealand reactivated today with a 5 minute explosive eruption jetting up a small plume and generating some very limited pyroclastic flows. With it being a daytime eruption, and … Continue reading

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Scaling new horizons

It’s fair to say that when most people ask what I do, I simply reply “volcanologist”, “sedimentologist”, or “geologist”, depending on the audience. On the infrequent occasions they ask further what I do, it usually gets summed up as “I see how … Continue reading

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New Zealand volcanoes going for gold

While they might be 19th on the medal table, the kiwis are doing a sterling job of heading up this weeks volcano news. Both White Island and Tongaririo have shown activity this week. White Island was last active in 1980, and … Continue reading

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Diamond Geyser – anatomy of a kimberlite eruption

Sorry, I can’t resist a pun. Kimberlite pipes are – geologically and economically – hugely important things. These weird  features appear on maps as simple circular(ish) structures, perhaps up to a few hundred meters across. They are the vent which … Continue reading

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Accretionary Wedge #46 – Geology, Life and Civilisation

For those of you who may not be aware, there is a fantastic thing in the geobloggosphere known as The Accretionary Wedge.  Every month or so,  someone hosts a specific topic.  Geobloggers are invited to contribute, and the submissions over … Continue reading

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