Select the search type
  • Site
  • Web
Search

The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

Chasing Volcanoes

volcanos remain dramatically beautiful and still mysterious

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, March 13, 2013/Categories: natural history, photography

Volcanoes are impressive. I thought of this when a good friend of Riled Up, James Balog, the photographer who gained international fame for his graphic time-lapse studies of climate change in the film  Chasing Ice , wrote to say he was on vacation in Hawaii  "chasing volcanoes".

NASA has just released an image of Japan's Sakurajima volcano that erupted in January. Magma shoots away from the crater's surface from deep below. The photograph is notable for the lightning bolts generated near the summit. Why this occurs just like with common thunderstorms remains a research topic and a mystery.


Sakurajima Volcano with Lightning  (credit: NASA/Martin Rietze)

Years earlier, I was traveling in Central America and invited to view Pacaya volcano in Guatemala that happened to be erupting. I thought we would drive to a 'scenic overlook' and observe the eruption from a safe distance but after driving several hours in the middle of the night we reached the summit with the lava flowing below us. This was probably not the smartest thing I have ever done but I will never forget the experience.

It will be exciting to see the visual results of James Balog's "chasing volcanos" investigations even if they don't relate to climate change.

WHB
 

Number of views (1537)/Comments (0)

Tags:

Please login or register to post comments.

Gondwana Beauty Saturday, July 19, 20140

Gondwana Beauty

Gondwanaland produced some really plant beauties that are still flowering nearly 80 million years later.
California Turns Brown Friday, July 18, 20140

California Turns Brown

California's drought takes on a different dimension from two new NASA photographs.
Mapping Mars Thursday, July 17, 20140

Mapping Mars

Planning a trip to Mars? You'll need some good maps to go hiking.
Sailing the Wine Dark Seas Wednesday, July 16, 20140

Sailing the Wine Dark Seas

Homer tells about Odysseus and his ten year journey to find his home after the Trojan War. Odysseus could have used some better maps.
Rescue Beetles Tuesday, July 15, 20140

Rescue Beetles

It's easy to miss a plague of green while being amazed by canyon walls and class 5 rapids on the Colorado River.
Dwarf Star Remnants Monday, July 14, 20140

Dwarf Star Remnants

A dwarf star exploded in a supernova in 1006 AD that is still visible today.
Germaine Greer: "I've now become a doer" Sunday, July 13, 20140

Germaine Greer: "I've now become a doer"

The author has said she "is now a doer" and set off on a second career in rainforest restoration.
Real Warriors Wear Plants Saturday, July 12, 20140

Real Warriors Wear Plants

The Greeks are well known for many things---art, philosophy, science---but their battlefield technology was equally well developed.
WildLeaks Friday, July 11, 20140

WildLeaks

Trafficking in endangered wildlife is now the 4th largest transnational crime in the worldAn online whistle-blower is now available to expose the ...
RSS
Watch the Other Side of the Global Warning Debate -- or Don't Thursday, July 10, 20140

Watch the Other Side of the Global Warning Debate -- or Don't

Watching largest gathering of climate change deniers. 
Thamserku views Thursday, July 10, 20140

Thamserku views

Thamserku is a mountain giant aside the trail to Mount Everest.
The Temperature of Stupid Wednesday, July 9, 20140

The Temperature of Stupid

Hearing that the government might regulate pollutants destroys brain cells faster than sniffing glue. 
Across the Universe Tuesday, July 8, 20140

Across the Universe

If we had eyes to see in x-rays and radio waves, everything would look very different.
Big Builders Monday, July 7, 20140

Big Builders

"For a long time, whales have been considered too rare to make much of a difference in the oceans." That was a mistake.    
Hungry Plants Saturday, July 5, 20140

Hungry Plants

Some plants evolved to become carnivores.
Glacier Inventory Thursday, July 3, 20140

Glacier Inventory

Making an inventory of the worlds glaciers isn't the easiest of tasks.
very Beautiful and probably Extinct Wednesday, July 2, 20140

very Beautiful and probably Extinct

A beautiful tree exists today because Buddhist monks saved it from extinction by cultivating it around their temples in Burma.
Grande Finale Tuesday, July 1, 20140

Grande Finale

Cassini will end its photographic and scientific mission at Saturn in a 2016 "grande finale".
RSS