death of caesar

Claim: Alaska Okmok Eruption Volcanic Winter Caused Social Turmoil in Ancient Rome

Just after the time of Julius Caesars death ancient Rome experienced crop failures, disease, social upheaval and extremely cold Summers. Researchers are pointing the finger at Alaska’s Okmok Volcano.

Scientists “Discover” Largest Shield Volcano on Earth

Guest “How about that geology fans?” by David Middleton And it’s not Mauna Loa… UH researchers reveal largest and hottest shield volcano on EarthPosted on May 13, 2020 by Marcie Grabowski In a recently published study, researchers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology revealed the largest and hottest shield…

Using Cosmic Rays to Predict Volcanic Eruptions?

Guest “cool schist” by David Middleton Are Cosmic Rays a Key to Forecasting Volcanic Eruptions?A combination of relativistic particles and artificial intelligence may provide a new way to forecast when a volcano could erupt. By Mara Johnson-Groh 23 hours ago Forecasting volcanic eruptions is notoriously challenging, but a team of Japanese scientists may have found…

Active Volcanoes on Venus?

Guest geology by David Middleton Recent analyses of data collected by ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft indicates that some of the lava flows on Venus might be very young… RESEARCH ARTICLE PLANETARY SCIENCEPresent-day volcanism on Venus as evidenced from weathering rates of olivine Justin Filiberto1,*, David Trang2, Allan H. Treiman1 and Martha S. Gilmore3 Abstract At least some of Venus’…

Phreatic eruption

When Volcanoes Attack… White Island Edition

Guest commentary by David Middleton I’m sure many WUWT readers have read Eric Worrall’s post, the headlines and seen the videos. CNN: “14 feared dead in New Zealand volcano eruption” The Grauniad: “New Zealand police to investigate volcanic eruption – as it happened” The Independent: “New Zealand eruption: No survivors on White Island after volcano…

Geoengineering vs. volcanic activity for a cooler climate

[More crazy talk from Carnegie Institute’s Ken Caldiera… Anthony] Washington, DC– Major volcanic eruptions spew ash particles into the atmosphere, which reflect some of the Sun’s radiation back into space and cool the planet. But could this effect be intentionally recreated to fight climate change? A new paper in Geophysical Research Letters investigates. Solar geoengineering is a…

Gangs of Pompeii: Volcanologists vs Archaeologists

Guest “you couldn’t make this sort of schist up, if you were trying” by David Middleton Pompeii row erupts between rival scientific factions Volcanologists say excavations by archaeologists are destroying useful clues about lava flow Hannah Devlin Science correspondent @hannahdev Mon 22 Jul 2019 02.00 EDT […] After years of simmering tensions, a row has…

Birth of an underwater volcano: “This thing was built from zero in 6 months!”… Which is a lot less than 12 years

Guest geological observation by David Middleton From the American Association for the Advancement of SCIENCE! of America… Ship spies largest underwater eruption everBy Roland PeaseMay. 21, 2019 , 1:20 PM Last week, Marc Chaussidon, director of the Institute of Geophysics in Paris (IPGP), looked at seafloor maps from a recently concluded mission and saw a…