Thumbing a nose at Bobby Jindal, we enthusiastically welcome ScienceBlogs newest addition, Eruptions, written by Erik Klemetti. Erik is a post-doc in igneous petrology, which means he studies how the rocks under volcanoes work. Near daily ]posts on Eruptions profile volcanoes in the news, explaining the science behind the eruptions in terms that non-rock heads can understand. At his old digs, he also did some fantastic analysis of the politics and sociology of relocating an entire town from the danger zone around Chaiten volcano. I’m looking forward to more great posts from Erik, and it looks like I’m not the only one. Perhaps Alaska’s Redoubt has finally erupted in his honor?
(Here’s a current-as-of-posting webcam view of Redoubt. Notice the nice steam puff? That’s what Erik would call a small phreatic eruption.)