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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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An Icelandic eruption 100 times more powerful than Eyjafjallajökull

Eyjafjallajökull was a relatively small eruption This month marks the second anniversary of the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull that left millions stranded across Europe, and cost airlines an estimated €150 million a day for six days. But alarmingly, this eruption was … Continue reading

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Sounds of the Underground

This is a post that I originally wrote in June 2007.  It contains sound files that let you hear the crashings and rumblings that go on beneath the ground near Volcán de Colima, Mexico.  I’m reposting it today because a) … Continue reading

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One year of volcan01010: Best of 2011 and coming up in 2012

This week is the first anniversary of the volcan01010 blog.  With this post, I want to pick out some highlights from 2011, and to whet your appetites for some things to come in 2012. Top 3 posts: The main aim … Continue reading

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