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Entries filed under 'volcanoes'

    Gorgeous Lava Photos: The Low Spark of High-Vis Magma

    fileWalking in the fluid landscape of an active volcano offers some terrific photo opportunities, as displayed in a photo gallery (by Miles Morgan) published this week by The Telegraph of the United Kingdom. Click and enjoy. Decades ago I spend a couple of weeks meandering craters and lava fields in and around the Kilauea Caldera at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on Hawaii's Big Island, where Morgan took his gorgeous shots. Roads and beaches that existed during my visit are, alas, mere geologic ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on March 29, 2012 5:38 PM & Tagged Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, lava, national parks, photos and volcanoes | permalink | Comments

    Mount St. Helens: Still Casting a Memorable Shadow 31 Years Later

    fileMount St. Helens, looking tranquil in this live webcam view under a heavy snowpack, erupted on this date 31 years ago. On May 18, 1980, an earthquake (5.1 on the Richter scale) triggered a mighty lateral blast on the mountain's north face, unleashing a massive landslide that in just minutes flattened 230 square miles and claimed 57 lives. Scientists regard it as the world's largest volcanic landslide in history. More than 3 decades after the blast, with recent floods, earthquakes and tornadoes ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on May 18, 2011 8:47 PM & Tagged Hiking, Mount St. Helens, national monuments and volcanoes | permalink | Comments

    Mount St. Helens: 30 Years Later

    fileMay 18, 2010, marks the 30th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington state, roughly 50 miles northeast of Portland, Ore. As described in this USA Today article, the 30 years following the blast has been a boon to scientific understanding on how an ecosystem can recover from a devastating act of nature. I first explored the aftermath of the eruption on a day-hiking visit to the monument in 1984 and in recent years have made an annual pilgrimage to the national ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on May 19, 2010 4:02 PM & Tagged Mt. St. Helens, national monuments and volcanoes | permalink | Comments

    Iceland: the Land of Fire and Ice

    All of us here at REI Adventures have been keeping a close watch on the volcanic activity in Iceland. We’ve always known Iceland as the land of “Fire and Ice” (hence the name of our trip), and the volcano eruption certainly validated that. We love Iceland because it is truly an adventurer’s playground. It is filled with bubbling mud pools, bursting geysers, glaciers, magnificent waterfalls and, as the world now knows, active volcanoes. Our trip coordinator in Iceland sent us these amazing ...

    Posted by Belinda G on April 28, 2010 6:53 PM & Tagged Hiking, Iceland, REI Adventures, Travel, fire and ice and volcanoes | permalink | Comments

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