Virtual Volcano Vacation #130 WINNER! – Zheltovsky

The trouble with being a volcanohead is that, as far as I know, volcanohead hunting season lasts almost all year, Also there’s no bag limit, and though our numbers and subtle but wily tactics ensure our survival, all volcanoheads have an innate fear of becoming extinct. Outwitting this Search Party is not easy, but in…

Virtual Volcano Vacation challenge #128 WINNER! – San Quintin Volcanic Field

I thought this week’s virtual vacation would be kind of ordinary… find a volcano…learn about its eruptive or cultural history…dig up some trivia…grab a few pictures..then wait to get found. A sleepy old volcanic field seemed simple enough, until I dug deeper into its geological background. Two free online scholarly PDFs and one failed-attempt-to-fully-grasp-geochemistry later,…

Virtual Volcano Vacation challenge #127 WINNER! – Zaō

Volcanoes, like vacations, come in many varieties. The “working” volcanoes, for instance, are the ones with the extensive eruptive history and scores of public academic papers and news stories (often with conflicting data); and I often have to absorb more information than my pointy head can safely contain. Also there are the “off-grid” volcanoes,  in…

Virtual Volcano Vacation #126 WINNERS! – Bezymianny

With around 1,500 subaerial volcanoes on Earth awaiting their turn to be virtually visited, some perfectly wonderful volcanoes just have to wait their turn. This week’s volcano has been waiting almost two years, but when I was flying across Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula on my way to drop in on Kliuchevskoi, his smaller but rowdy neighbour…