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Geoscientist Online takes a look at the geoblogosphere 3 May 2010

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Geoscientist is the admirable monthly magazine for the Fellows of the Geological Society of London, and it is available free at Geoscientist Online.

There’s an interesting article by Michael Welland in the current (May 2010) issue of Geoscientist Online which takes a look at the geoblogosphere. It’s always illuminating when someone takes a step back and takes in a wider perspective on the world of geoblogs, and Michael has some interesting observations on the state of the geoblogosphere and particularly what it has to offer practising geoscientists, and raises the issue of the relative under-representation of UK-based geoblogs in the current geoblogosphere (he also lists a number of British geoblogs, including, I’m pleased to say, this one).

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Climbing Pacaya’s lava stairs (at Mountain Beltway) 23 February 2010

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Over at Mountain Beltway Callan Bentley has posted some great images of Pacaya, one of the most active volcanoes of Guatemala. A friend of his climbed the volcano (she didn’t go right to the top, ‘just high enough to get up close and personal with some lava’) and took pictures on the way – the climb being facilitated by still-warm ‘lava stairs’. The results can be seen on Callan’s blog: Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala. There is also a link to more pictures at Flickr. Strongly recommended for all lovers of lava.

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Global Volcanism Program: Pacaya – information about Pacaya (1402-11=)

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Callan Bentley now blogs at Mountain Beltway 15 February 2010

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A change in the geoblogging landscape! Callan Bentley of Northern Virginia Community College, who has been providing excellent geological blogging at NOVA Geoblog since 2007, has moved and can now be found at his new home, Mountain Beltway. (And for D.C. locals interested in geological events and happenings in the U.S. capital and surrounding region he now has another blog, DC Geology Events.)

Callan Bentley now blogs at Mountain Beltway

Back in January 2008 I called NOVA Geoblog ‘one of the best geoscience blogs around’, and it’s long been one of my favourite parts of the geoblogosphere. I’m sure Mountain Beltway will continue the tradition, and I wish Callan well at his new virtual address.

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Yellowstone earthquake swarm: some perspective at Eruptions 27 January 2010

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An earthquake swarm is under way at Yellowstone. What’s that all about? Does the supervolcano stir? Will there be a mega-eruption? Is it the beginning of the end of the world?

The disappointing news for the cheerleaders of the apocalypse (some of whom have been e-mailing me about this recently) is that this swarm is business as usual at Yellowstone, and there is no sign that anything magmatic and potentially eruptive is going on. For the full picture, read Dr Erik Klemetti’s crystal-clear and informative post at Eruptions: A little bit of Yellowstone earthquake perspective.

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Another volcanologist Q&A at Eruptions: Boris Behncke 30 October 2009

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Following on from the fascinating Chaitén question and answer session he set up at Eruptions with Dr Jonathan Castro, Erik Klemetti has organized a second volcanologist Q&A session, this time with Boris Behncke of the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Catania.

Boris is a long-established and very good friend of this blog and of Eruptions, and volcano-followers here and elsewhere know him well as someone who is always ready to answer questions and share his expertise both on Etna and Italian volcanoes and on volcanological issues, both scientific and cultural, more widely. So, get your questions together for Boris Behncke and head over to Eruptions!

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Dr Jonathan Castro talks Chaitén at Eruptions 26 October 2009

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In a great example of geoblogging outreach, Dr Erik Klemetti of Eruptions recently invited his readers to put questions on the Chaitén eruption to Dr Jonathan Castro. The questions and the answers are now posted at Eruptions, and offer illuminating and fascinating insights into the Chaitén eruption that you won’t find anywhere else. Take a look: Answers to your Chaiten questions from Dr. Jonathan Castro.

For all our Chaitén coverage: Chaitén « The Volcanism Blog.

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Global Volcanism Program: Chaitén – summary information for Chaitén (1508-41)
SERNAGEOMIN – Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería (Spanish)
Erupción del Volcán Chaitén – extensive coverage of the Chaitén eruption

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Happy first birthday to Eruptions 1 May 2009

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Eruptions - one year old today!

Dr Erik Klemetti’s flourishing Eruptions blog is one year old today! In that year, Eruptions has become an essential resource for everyone interested in volcanoes and what they are up to. By way of a blogiversary tribute, here’s my choice of five great Eruptions posts:

Happy Birthday to Eruptions, and congratulations to Erik on a year of well-deserved blogging success.

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Dr Erik Klemetti’s Eruptions blog is now at ScienceBlogs 13 March 2009

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The Lords of the ScienceBlogs Universe have obviously been paying attention to the movers and shakers in the world of geoblogging. Not long ago Kim at All of My Faults Are Stress Related made the move to ScienceBlogs, and today comes the news that Dr Erik Klemetti of the excellent Eruptions blog is following suit.

It’s great to see that ScienceBlogs is not only expanding its geology content (that has to be good news – far too many biology/biomedical types running amok over there), but has taken volcanoes to its heart. It’s a recognition not only of the quality of Erik’s blogging, but the fascination and importance of the subject he blogs about.

The new home of Eruptions is at http://scienceblogs.com/eruptions/.

UPDATE, 20 March 2009: Erik has migrated the archives of the old Eruptions blog over to ScienceBlogs. This seems to mean that some – not all – of the links to old Eruptions posts no longer work. There are a lot of links to Eruptions posts in this blog. I’m sorry if some of them are now broken, but it’s beyond my control.

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Volcano geodesy at Green Gabbro 9 January 2009

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Over at Green Gabbro, Maria Brumm has posted a crystal-clear explanation of the use of GPS networks to measure surface change, which can be an important indicator of volcanic activity. Great cartoon, among other things.

Green Gabbro: Volcano Geodesy 101

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Volcano art at Magma Cum Laude 5 January 2009

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New from Magma Cum Laude: ‘Go for the art, stay for the volcanoes’ is a post on the exhibition Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, which Jessica has been fortunate enough to visit. She reproduces some wonderful eighteenth-century paintings of Vesuvius in eruption and some of the beautiful pages from Sir William Hamilton’s Campi Phlegraei (1776). A great article on what looks like a great exhibition.

[And there’s a nice link to this Volcanism Blog post. Thanks!]

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