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Ten swimming pools of travel chaos

An article published this week reveals the volume, grainsize and eruption rate characteristics of the tephra (volcanic ash, pumice and other materials) erupted during the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010.  This information is important because these are the inputs needed … Continue reading

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Iceland horse fun

Ever the practical joker, Dobbin thought it would be hilarious to rohypnol the water trough…

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Fieldwork update: Progress map, river crossings and bulldozers

This is a quick post to let you know how the fieldwork is going so far. Sampling the distal deposits of Hekla’s largest eruptions since the ice age The aim of my project is to sample the deposits of the … Continue reading

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Glacier of the mountains of the islands

Everyone has heard of Eyjafjallajökull. Not everyone can pronounce it. It is almost as infamous for its long name than for the travel disruption that it caused. But the name is much easier when you break it down into its … Continue reading

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On the geology of Prometheus

Contrary to the advice of pretty much everyone that has seen it, I went to see Prometheus at the weekend. A big reason for going was that I knew they had filmed part of it in Iceland. I had seen … Continue reading

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Insight into climate debate at the Volcanism and the Atmosphere conference

Last week was the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Chapman Conference on Volcanism and the Atmosphere in Selfoss, Iceland. It covered topics such as explosive eruptions, satellite detection of volcanic ash, aviation hazards and climate modelling. Unlike larger meetings, where sessions … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary Grímsvötn

Yesterday was the first anniversary of the 2011 eruption of Grímsvötn.  Despite being the largest eruption in Iceland in 50 years, the day passed without much fanfare as the eruption had a relatively small impact compared to a certain other … Continue reading

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EGU2012 Open Source Software in Geosciences

A splinter session yesterday drew a larger-than-expected crowd to talk about the use of free and open source software (FOSS) in the geosciences.  Those in attendance spanned the range from developers to end-users and the main outcome is that there … Continue reading

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EGU2012 broken wifi workaround

There is a problem with the wifi in the conference centre at EGU2012.  Some people can log on, but others cannot.  They can connect to the wireless, but trying to browse the web results in ‘Page not found’ or DNS … Continue reading

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Science conference posters with Scribus

When you have the right tools to do a job, it is a lot easier to do it well. Consider making a poster for a science conference. Two software programs commonly used to make posters are Powerpoint and Adobe Illustrator … Continue reading

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