Millennium Volcanoes

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to visit one of my favourite Cafes and so, armed with a mug of coffee, I have just enjoyed reading this meticulous article, written by Albert. I am aware that ice core examinations reveal vast treasure troves of information in relation to past volcanic eruptions. Recommended reading for this peaceful Wednesday morning and yes… it is likely a wise idea to keep an eye on the volcanoes listed on Albert’s spreadsheet. Thank you for sharing this information with us, Albert.


Pompeii and Vesuvius. Engraving by Friedrich Federer, 1850. (WikiMedia Commons) Pompeii and Vesuvius. Engraving by Friedrich Federer, 1850. (WikiMedia Commons)

Volcanic eruptions have become major attractions, and even rather minor eruptions can make front page news. In modern days, any volcano deciding to erupt will find itself instantly monitored and Volcano-Cafe’d. But in the days before global coverage (and, dare I say it, Volcano blogs), many eruptions went unnoticed. Thus, in May 1831 and again in August, parts of Europe and the coast of Africa were covered in a “dry fog” similar to (but not as extensive as) the one caused by Laki in 1783. But the sulphuric haze (if that is was what it was) was not identified as volcanic and the culprit has never been discovered. For older eruptions, the existence of records depends entirely on location. We have very good dates for Vesuvius or Mount Fuji, but none whatsoever for Mount Erebus. In 1915, Shackleton described seeing…

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