Science Snap (#25): Vesuvius, Andy Warhol

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Quite simply, volcanoes are inspiring. I’ve yet to meet someone who disagrees. The majestic volcanic landscape has thus been an inspiration to many an artist and author, whether intentional or not. Furthermore, artwork itself can be a valuable tool to help decipher and understand eruptions and their effects […]

Science Snap (#24): The psychedelic Zambezi flood plain

Originally posted on the EGU blog network This colourful image shows the Zambezi River’s floodplain in Zambia. The image was created from three acquisitions from Envisat’s radar instrument that were merged together. Each acquisition was assigned a colour and when combined show changes in the floodplain between each satellite acquisition. The white patch of pixels in […]

Science snap (#23): Pacaya Volcano

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala, is almost continuously erupting, making it one of Guatemala’s most active volcanoes and a popular tourist destination. The volcano last erupted on March 2, 2014, shown in the image here taken by the MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite. Although the volcano has been kicking off since January, in March […]

Tolbachik – a mineralogist’s paradise

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Tolbachik is a basaltic volcanic massif lying at the southern end of the Kliuchevskoi group in Kamchatka, Russia. It comprises two overlapping cones: Plosky Tolbachik, a Holocene shield volcano extending to 3 km in diameter; and the older (Pleistocene) Ostry Tolbachik, a sharp-topped stratovolcano reaching some 3,700 m in […]

Science Snap (#21): Diatoms

Originally posted on the EGU blog network When you start looking at things at a microscopic level, everything starts to look a little alien.  Minerals assemblages can look like the landscapes of far off planets and microbes can look like their inhabitants.  One such type of alien looking microscopic life form are diatoms. Diatoms are […]

Science Snap #21: Nash Point, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Nash Point is a picturesque headland along the coastline of the Vale of Glamorgan, consisting of near-vertical cliffs of limestone and mudstone. Strata are of Blue Lias age, and at low tide the exposed shore platform reveals indicative fossils including tiny ammonites.

Science Snap (#20): Sentinal-1A Dress Rehearsal

Originally posted on the EGU blog network On the 3rd April 2014 the new satellite Sentinel-1 will be launched from French Guinea into space. It’s the satellite that has the InSAR community pretty excited as it will provide free Earth Observation data covering nearly all the world’s volcanoes. Once the satellite is launched and is sat […]

Science Snap (#19): Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Originally posted on the EGU blog network The word Angkor is derived from the Sanskrit term Nagara meaning “Holy City”, and was the capital city of the Khmer. It consists of successive city foundations and temples constructed by the kings of three dynasties over a period of about 600 years. The site is most famous […]

Science Snap (#18): Tragic Sinabung Eruption

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Last Saturday (1st February 2014) an eruption at Sinabung volcano in Indonesia claimed the lives of 14 people. That death toll has since risen to 16, and could rise further as people battle in hospital with severe burns and other wounds. The volcano has been erupting since September […]

Science Snap (#17): Ailsa Craig

Ailsa Craig is an uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. Formed from the plug of a Paleogene volcano, the landmass reaches over 330 m height and ~ 3 km length, and can easily be seen from the Scottish mainland. The island comprises three types of granite: Ailsa Craig Common Green, Ailsa Craig Red […]