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Jeudi, 29 Septembre 2011 22:30

Volcanoes Seen From Space for September 29, 2011

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Canary Islands

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know that I try to remind people to look at the Smithsonian Institute/USGS Global Volcanism Program Weekly Volcanic Activity Report. It captures much of the volcanic activity around the world on a weekly basis, so you can catch up on anything you missed (all thanks to the hard work by Sally Kuhn Sennert). Now that the blog has moved, I’m going to try something a little different and combine the highlights from the Weekly Volcanic Activity report with images old-and-new from the NASA Earth Observatory. It is like peanut butter and jelly in the same jar (what could go wrong?).

Hope you enjoy!


Yesterday’s post gets into the gory details of the rumblings in the Canary Islands, but I did like this picture of the Canary Islands taken in February 2010. You can see the relationship of the Canaries to Africa and the fact that El Hierro is the furthest west of the island chain. It is also the youngest (along with La Palma) of the volcanic chain and shows how potentially wide the Canary hotspot plume might be.

Image: Dust plume from Africa over the Canary Islands in February 2010. NASA Earth Observatory

{Special thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory for all these amazing images. Keep up the great work!}

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Erik Klemetti is an assistant professor of Geosciences at Denison University. His passion in geology is volcanoes, and he has studied them all over the world. You can follow Erik on Twitter, where you'll get volcano news and the occasional baseball comment.
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