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Volcanic Education

In Communication, News, Science on April 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm

The Mauna Kea & An erupting volcano

KNOWLEDGE trumps “the don’t knows” & LEARNING can be fun.
1. ‘Big Ups’ to Mother Earth and her volcanic eruptions.

For 5 Days strong she’s been seriously kicking it out
So let us take a moment to learn what her ash is all about:

Hamari News –After five days of intense, ash-spewing activity, the eruption of the Eyjafjoell volcano (also known as the Eyjafjallajökull volcano) appears to be entering a new phase that produces more lava and less ash, according to those monitoring the eruption in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik. This is good news for the thousands of travelers stranded by ash-related airport shutdowns across Europe. It appears that air traffic is again being allowed over Europe and the logjam of stranded travelers and cargo should start to ease soon. If you are not busy being re-routed by the ash cloud, you can enjoy some extremely cool images of the eruption taken by astronomer Snaevarr Gudmundsson from just a few kilometers away.

Information from the Institute for Earth Sciences Nordic Volcanological Center at the University of Iceland indicates that the Eyjafjallajökull eruption actually began on March 20, 2010. The initial eruption was lower on the volcano than the current eruption, and caused more lava flow than ash plumes. That phase of the eruption appears to have stopped on April 12, 2010, followed by earthquake swarm near the volcano and then the beginning of the second phase of the eruption on April 14th.

During the second phase, material was ejected from the top of the volcano, at the caldera. The caldera of the Eyjafjoell volcano is under the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The heat from the eruption melted the glacier, leading to meltwater runoff and flooding in the valleys below the volcano. The University of Iceland reports that everyone living in the flooded areas was evacuated before the flooding and there were no casualties. The second phase of the eruption also created a massive ash plume. Winds carried this ash cloud over Europe, shutting down air travel for several days over safety concerns. Apparently jet engines and volcanic ash do not mix well, and since jets and ash travel in the same layer of the atmosphere (at about 30,000 feet) it is not a safe situation for passenger or cargo aircraft.

According to researchers in Iceland, even though the ash-spewing phase has slowed, the Eyjafjallajökull volcano is still erupting. The eruption appears to have entered a third phase, with less ash and more lava flow from the caldera. How long this phase will last, or if there will be more ash production in the future is unknown.

Hamari News is all up on it – ’tis where I lifted the prior information. 🙂
I just couldn’t pass up knowledge & it’s direct correlation.

And just in case you’re wondering about the impact of this volcanos birth
on the surface of the land as we know it here on Mother Earth…
Visit the forementioned link — they’ve already laid the 411 out.
KNOW her, RESPECT her – HISTORY proves what her emissions are about.
Ow!

The Mauna Kea is an underwater volcano currently resting in Hawaii.
I am Monja Qui
My name was inspired by the “century erupting” – volcanic she.
Ooo Wee and What does that say about the parallels of me?
Golly Gee…‘Gotta love education.