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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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A Very Scottish Skyline

In 2014, Scotland will have a referendum to ask the people if they want to become an independent country.  The Scottish National Party will be campaigning hard for a ‘Yes’ vote.  Does that extend to some kind of deal with … Continue reading

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Iceland’s melting glaciers and other stories from the Nordic Geological Winter Meeting

This post describes my highlights from the 30th Nordic Geological Winter Meeting that took place in Iceland last week. The most interesting results include that Iceland’s glaciers may be gone in 200 years, that the May 2011 Grímsvötn eruption was … Continue reading

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Colima lahar videos

The Indonesian word, lahar, is the technical term used to describe volcanic mud flows. This post explains the difference between two types of lahars (hyperconcentrated flows and debris flows), using videos that I recorded at Volcán de Colima as examples. … Continue reading

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All the software a geoscientist needs. For free!

[Updated 05 December 2012: original version for reference here, including Basemap instructions for Ubuntu 11.10] All of my research for the past 3 years was done with free software. In this post I describe the free programs that I use … Continue reading

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Why people are scared of Katla

Note: 02 December 2011. The current media interest in Katla does not stem from a recent change in activity at the volcano, but from an article published on the BBC website today.  The same thing followed a Guardian article earlier … Continue reading

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On Transatlantic Flight

Around 150 million years ago, plankton floated in warm seas.  Using energy from nuclear reactions in the Sun, they built their bodies from protein and fat and carbohydrate.  Then they died and their bodies sank to the muddy sea floor.  … Continue reading

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