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Our tour of the Marianas begins SW of Guam. In this area the volcanoes are submerged and make up a region known as the Southern Seamount Province. Our first stop is Tracey Seamount, which lies 30 km west of Guam. Tracey is a ~2 km tall cone and volume of ~45 km3 It is one…

This week I welcome Dr. Ed Kohut as a guest blogger here on Eruptions (while I am off in the Sierras doing some field work). I’ve known Ed for 10 years now – we were both graduate students in igneous petrology at Oregon State University – and we are both Massachusetts natives. Ed was in…

Eruptions Summer Schedule

Mineral King valley in California. Well, we are in the peak of the summer, so Eruptions will be running a bit of summer schedule while I’m off away from the interweb tubes. First off, from July 11-20, I’ll be off in the mountains, doing some much-needed fieldwork with my (first) undergraduate research student. We’ll be…

Have guests in town, so I’m a little busy, but you can hopefully keep entertained with the latest Smithsonian/USGS Global Volcanism Program Volcanic Activity Report. Chile’s Melimoyu volcano. The highlights (not including Taal and Eyjafjallajökull) include: Alaska’s Cleveland volcano has been reduced to and alert status of “unassigned” (used when a volcano is not closely…

The level of news-frenzy on some of the recent volcanic eruptions has died down, but if you’re looking to see information on the many rumbling going on worldwide, look no further. Here is this week’s Volcanic Activity Report put together by Sally Kuhn Sennert of the Global Volcanism Program. Highlights – not including Pacaya, Yasur,…

Quick news on Memorial Day (in the US at least): Ash soaked by rain from Tropical Storm Agatha on the roofs of homes in Guatemala after the late May eruption of Pacaya. Sixteen scientists were evacuated from islands in the northern Marianas due to the eruption of the unnamed submarine volcano south of Sarigan Island.…

Sarigan Island in the northern Mariana Islands. An undersea eruption appears to be underway south of the island. Thanks to the watchful eye of Eruptions readers, we had an inkling of this eruption the other day, but now we have confirmation that an undersea eruption is underway in the northern Mariana Islands. The exact volcano…

Catching up with some news: Anatahan erupting in the northern Mariana Islands in 2003. I ran across this article right before I got sick, but its been popping up around the interwebs (and is pretty interesting). It details a study in Molecular Ecology that suggests that populations of caribou in Canada’s Yukon Territory were strongly…

2009: The Volcanic Year in Review

Here it is, my attempt to recap a year’s worth of volcanic events. By no means is this supposed to capture every event, but rather the highlight/lowlights and what most captivated me during 2009. I’ll be announcing the winner of the 2009 Pliny for Volcanic Event of the Year tomorrow. Waimangu Geothermal Valley in New…

Finals day for me, so I’ll be grading grading grading … but first, a little news: The May 2009 eruption of West Mata. Image courtesy of NSF and NOAA. I covered it in May, but the popular press is now all over the West Mata undersea eruption – mostly thanks to the media boost that…