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New at Rosetta Stones: Volcano Go Asplodey

Our latest installment of The Cataclysm is up at Rosetta Stones for ye. In it, we see the directed blast make a break for freedom. Rawr.

Mount St Helens says Rawr. Image courtesy USGS.

Mount St Helens says Rawr. Image courtesy USGS.

I read soooo many papers for this, people. There were the four in Professional Paper 1250, and believe me when I say one of them made my brain bleed. Then there were all the papers I chased after trying to understand what we’d understood of directed blasts before. Then I kept finding more delicious papers. In fact, there are a few delicious papers I’m going to have to go begging PDFs of. That’s the problem with a project like this: you follow the information down a rabbit hole because, brain bleed or no, it’s intriguing and you want to know more. Why after why piles up. For every answer, more questions. This is science, people. It never ends, and it never gets boring. Well, never for long, anyway.

But I’m having a break from it for a day or two so I can read La Catastrophe, which just came in today. Yum!

Comments

  1. rq says

    Rawr, yum, and eeee going to read.
    Something to take the mind off the sadder parts of FtB today (yes, Savitha…).

  2. rq says

    Back after reading. Yes, I’m that fast.
    Thumbs way, way up again, and that little video – wow. Like half of the mountain just… melts away. I keep remembering this is hard, heavy stuff – rocks, minerals, mud, earth, etc. – that’s being discussed.
    It sure isn’t acting like it.

  3. Trebuchet says

    It was interesting to see in the animation how the blast blew out in separate horizontal and vertical components. I hadn’t noticed that before.

  4. Jane says

    I forwarded this on to Don Mullineaux and he liked it a lot. This is what he said. (He’s well into his 80′s now and he’s still downhill skiing!)

    Hi Jane

    Thanks for the email. The reference is, as I’m content that you know, to the collection of some 63 reports in the volume Pete and I edited.

    It’s nice to read that good description, basically that the north side of the mountain slid, then the lateral blast. Much better that the probably more common statement that the mountain blew it’s top.

    Things going well here. Partly because ski season has started.

    Don