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Another update & contacting info

I know, silence on the blog is boring... My department is in the middle of moving to another building, so I'm probably not going to be blogging until next week. And the move for the blog is still in the works, so hang in there! I'll be back to normal operations soon. Show More Summary

Upcoming changes

Magma Cum Laude will be moving to a new location soon - more details on that when it happens! In the meantime, posting will go on here (and I'll try and cross-post if I can). Stand by for new developments...

Distinguishing deposits from andesitic eruptions

Telling apart different kinds of deposits associated with volcanic eruptions isn't always easy. There are a lot of factors that can affect their appearance: the location and type of eruption, the magma/lava type, where they're emplaced, etc. Show More Summary

The volcano Gatekeeper

One of the sad - but not unexpected - stories to come from the eruption at Mount Merapi concerns the death of the "Gatekeeper" of the volcano, Mbah Marijan. Marijan was mentioned in a 2008 National Geographic article, "The Gods MustShow More Summary

A question of time

Note: Having been temporarily flattened by my yearly fall cold, I'm putting up a non-geology post that I was working on earlier this month and have just enough energy to finish now. I'll make it back to talking about andesitic eruption...Show More Summary

Geological Frightfest: Fantasia All right, so Fantasia probably isn't the first thing you think of when the topics of horror movies or geology come up (and I'm not talking about the whole movie, so I'm cheating a bit with this one). Show More Summary

Geological Frightfest: Tremors

Halloween is pretty much my favorite holiday - when else can I show up at school in costume? - and I've decided to resurrect the theme of geology in the movies for a Halloween series this week. To start us off, I'll turn to that classic geologic monster movie: Tremors. Show More Summary

February 2010 dome collapse deposits at Soufriere Hills

If you ever want to visit a post-apocalyptic wasteland, someplace that's been run over by pyroclastic flows would be a great choice. On February 11 of this year, a partial dome collapse on the northeastern flank of the Soufriere Hills lava dome produced spectacular pyroclastic flows, surges, and a 50,000 ft (~15 km) high ash plume. Show More Summary

The move has finally happened!

Magma Cum Laude has officially moved to its new home at the AGU Blogosphere, - you know, that thing that a bunch of us have been hinting at for a while now. But don't fret; I'll be cross-posting on this site for a little while in case you forget to update your bookmarks and RSS feeds. Show More Summary

A few more tweaks until the new location is ready...

...and the new AGU Blogosphere opens. In the meantime, I'll be revving up for Halloween with some geologically frightful topics. Sorry for leaving you all hanging! I've been told that we'll have the bugs worked out sometime this week, and will hopefully be ready to show off the new blog network soon.

Montserrat and the Soufriere Hills volcano

This summer I was lucky enough to take an absolutely amazing field trip on the island of Montserrat, where my advisor spent two weeks showing us around her old stomping grounds. And let me tell you, I would have no problem doing volcanology on a Caribbean island for a while... Show More Summary

Geological Frightfest: The Mole People I thought I'd go with a classic film for today's edition of Geological Frightfest, because the premise of The Mole People is just so interesting. It's not actually one I've...Show More Summary

Reflecting on Earth science perceptions

It's Earth Science Week again - this time with an energetic twist. Volcanology and energy are certainly linked in the geothermal realm, but I'm going to skip that discussion and discuss an article I found recently. It's called "United...Show More Summary

Still not dead yet...

Sorry for the long absence, folks - there was traveling galore this summer! And naturally there will be photos once I work out why the internet at home isn't functioning.

Happy Halloween!

Instead of candy, why not try some nutritious squash?

Geological Frightfest: Jurassic Park Okay, given the super-gory, blood-soaked grossness that today's monster movies seem to be embracing, Jurassic Park is pretty tame. Tasteful, even, when people get eaten by dinosaurs. Show More Summary

"If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research"

I talk a lot about my experiences with volcanoes and molten lava and such, but if I want to talk about my most important geological experience overall, I have to skip my volcanological career entirely and go back to the very first field course I ever took. Show More Summary

Role and impacts of the geoblogosphere (July Accretionary Wedge)

Not that kind of impact! Courtesy NASA/Don Davis. David Bressan over at History of Geology poses the questions du mois: How can geoblogging impact society and "real geology"? Should and can we promote the "geoblogosphere"? Are blogsShow More Summary

Can You See It? Seeking a Natural World in an Urban Setting

Can you see it? Look carefully, it's easy to miss...We have a drainage pond on our west campus at the edge of town. It's been a mostly neglected corner of the campus, used occasionally to graze sheep from our agricultural unit. I've been exploring it for the last two years looking to photograph birds (forty species and counting). Show More Summary

Exploring the Southern Cascade Range or Yosemite National Park for College Credit! Sept. 24-28 and Oct. 9-11

Captain Jack's Stronghold, where the Modoc people held out for months against U.S. troops. The site is protected today as Lava Beds National Monument. This message is primarily for my readers in the Modesto region, but others are invited to consider this opportunity. Show More Summary

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