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Old 04-16-2010, 05:10 PM   #1
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Default Volcanic Ash slows Air Traffic

A volcano in Iceland is spewing ash that has caused cancelled flights across Europe and now in the US.

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Lots of people cursing 'Mother Nature'.
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:47 PM   #2
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They better cap that off real quick.... it's out-gassing and spewing forth CO2, Volcanic Gases and Their Effects. Look at some of these photos of this eruption, Volcano in Iceland - a gallery on Flickr and Iceland's disruptive volcano - The Big Picture - Boston.com. Pretty wild. I'm glad I don't live anywhere near that.
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:24 AM   #3
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It sure is a visual reminder that the air we breathe today is the same air some one else - some place else - breathed yesterday. "The Environment" is a whole-earth problem.

I just bought a set of dishes called "Magma" --- a firey textured orange. They will have new meaning when I have my lunch on them after looking at those pictures. WOW.

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The live footage of the volcano is humbling.

Thank you for locating it hazelnut.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:08 PM   #5
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Here's a few photos of the floods from the volcano melting the iceberg, Iceland Volcano | APTNvideo.net.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:43 AM   #6
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The lightning in the volcano eruption is amazing!

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Volcanic lightning on display at Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano


The carbon dioxide from volcanoes is a small fraction of man made carbon dioxide emmissions:

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"...satellite images indicate that Eyjafjallajökull has emitted about 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide per day over the past week, a number roughly equal to the emissions of 2,000 cars per year."

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According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the world's volcanoes, both on land and undersea, generate about 200 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, while our automotive and industrial activities cause some 24 billion tons of CO2 emissions every year worldwide. Despite the arguments to the contrary, the facts speak for themselves: Greenhouse gas emissions from volcanoes comprise less than one percent of those generated by today's human endeavors.



The Associated Press: Ash cloud's silver lining: bluer skies


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The remarkable sight happened in part because mass flight groundings prevented busy airspace from being crisscrossed with plumes of jet exhaust that create a semi-permanent haze — and other effects beyond the white contrails themselves.
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:19 AM   #7
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A stark comparison, Swamp Thing. The volcano's effects were so spectacular and so visual -- and we are dumping so much more into the atmosphere all the time without the drama. And in denial that we are doing it.
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Check out these beautiful photos of the northern lights over the volcano, Northern Lights seen above Iceland's ash plume - Yahoo! News Photos.
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Wow! I miss them. We don't get the northern lights in Alabama.
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Supervolcano: How humanity survived its darkest hour
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Supervolcano: How humanity survived its darkest hour - life - 14 April 2010 - New Scientist
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THE first sign that something had gone terribly wrong was a deep rumbling roar. Hours later the choking ash arrived, falling like snow in a relentless storm that raged for over two weeks. Despite being more than 2000 kilometres from the eruption, hominins living as far away as eastern India would have felt Toba's fury.

Toba is a supervolcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It has blown its top many times but this eruption, 74,000 years ago, was exceptional...
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