Rock with laughter

This short but amusing extract entitled ‘Geobabble’ was taken from the newsletter of the Black Country Geological Society number 187, December 2007. It reveals that even minerals can have a sense of humour at this festive time of year. Petrology deals with the origin, composition, structure, and alteration of rocks. To do this geologists slice up perfectly good [...]

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Fueling Italy’s furnaces

All of the volcanicity in Italy is the result of the subduction of the African crustal plate beneath southern Italy. Italy itself appears to be rotating in an anticlockwise direction. Twisting and stretching the continental crust to breaking point about 7 to 8 million years ago. Huge volumes of basalt escaped from the mantle to coat the thinning [...]

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Italy’s volcanic regions revealed

Mount Vesuvius is part of a volcanic province running from Sicily in the south with frequently erupting Mt Etna, northwards through the Lipari/Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The floor of which is “littered” with extinct volcanic cones and seamounts. The volcanism continues to the Bay of Naples, the Phlegrian Fields at Pozzuoli, and northwards [...]

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My favorite fireworks

Vesuvius is the most famous volcano in the world, probably because of its eruption in AD 70 which buried several Roman settlements, including Pompeii and Herculaneum. This was recorded by Pliny the Younger after Pliny the Elder died, apparently of a heart attack rather than directly by the eruption. It is regarded as the most [...]

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A stirring Icelandic giant

This guest blog provides us with an interesting update about the Icelandic volcano called Katla, which has been predicted to erupt shortly after the eruption of it’s ash bellowing neighbour Ejafjallajokull. The 2010 eruption of the Icelandic volcano Ejafjallajokull, produced dust clouds which played havoc with air travel in North West Europe, as airlines had to err [...]

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