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Dec 02 2012

Guess the Official Volcano of ETEV and… um… Yay!

You could earn the title of ETEV’s Official “Official Volcano” Guesser! How awesome is that?!

It’s a lazy Sunday, FtB’s dead quiet, and I’m preparing to write up the Official Volcano of ETEV. Only I can’t do it yet because the cat has my lap. When your only computer’s a laptop, this is a problem. Writing on a tablet is hard. Choosing a volcano was easy! Alas, I have chosen it all by myself, because I already did the research, so this isn’t a “cast your vote for your favorite volcano” thing, and there are no prizes other than my congratulations, but hey – pretty volcano pictures!

So tell me which you think it is:

Volcano Candidate I. Image courtesy USFS.

Volcano Candidate I. Image courtesy USFS.

Volcano Candidate II. Image courtesy me and my beloved camera.

Volcano Candidate II. Image courtesy me and my beloved camera.

Volcano Candidate III. Image courtesy Mickou.

Volcano Candidate III. Image courtesy Mickou.

Volcano Candidate IV. Image courtesy me and my beloved camera.

Volcano Candidate IV. Image courtesy me and my beloved camera.

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  1. 1
    lockwooddewitt

    I’m betting St. Helens, #4. #2 looks like Rainier, which would be a perfectly sensible choice, given your location, but you just haven’t talked about it all that much. I don’t recognize #’s 1 & 3.

  2. 2
    lockwooddewitt

    Oh, wait… I’m wondering if #1 is San Francisco Peak in AZ?

  3. 3
    Justin Griffith

    I’m going to pick at random and choose Volcano 3. It seemed ‘choosey’.

    FWIW, I sympathize with the cat problem. My cat did this about a year ago:

    “The speakers were freaking out with loud error beeps (which continued for several minutes after I removed him). There is no way he was comfortable, and he clearly has a spiteful ‘In your face’ smile.

    Damage done:

    - closed 3 email replies (not recovered)
    - launched VLC
    - crashed VLC
    - crashed a browser (twice actually because he opened hundreds of tabs, and I was naive enough to try to restore my tabs)”

    1. 3.1
      Acolyte of Sagan

      Christ on a bike, that’s one malevolent looking moggie.

    2. 3.2
      F [is for failure to emerge]

      Justin haz geokitteh.

      Guess what I think cats haz demonstrate.

      1. F [is for failure to emerge]

        No takers? OK, it was onlap.

    3. 3.3
      F [is for failure to emerge]

      En tequila es la tetilla.

  4. 4
    Trebuchet

    I’m guessing your favorite is MSH, No 4. I’m rather partial to Mt. Tacoma, No 2, myself.

    I don’t know the other two but my guess on No 1 is the same as Lockwood’s.

  5. 5
    wrp

    I’m going to guess #3, because a volcano named Tequila is too obvious to pass up. :)

  6. 6
    Vicki, duly vaccinated tool of the feminist conspiracy

    I’m guessing #2, because it’s the one you supplied the photo of yourself, which suggests a greater affection.

  7. 7
    Argle Bargle

    While #4, Mt. St. Helens, looks more volcanoey than the others, #2, Mt. Tacoma, looks more official. Therefore I vote for #2.

  8. 8
    Rob

    I’m betting you’re going #4, but I’ll pick #2 ‘cos it’s pretty.

  9. 9
    Acolyte of Sagan

    I like #2; no technical reasons, it just looks more ‘volcano-ish than the others. As any good volcano should, it looks just like an over-full zit that’s ready to pop, whereas the other three look spent.
    It also helps that your photograph of #2 is a breath-takingly gorgeous shot. You captured the brooding presence of that slumbering monster perfectly.

  10. 10
    Nathaniel Frein

    #1 looks kinda like some mountains in northern Japan, near Misawa.

    But I could be completely off my rocker on that.

  11. 11
    Trebuchet

    #1 credits USFS (United States Forest Service) so it’s almost certainly in the US.

    Thank you, Rodney Nelson, for seconding my identification of Mt. Tacoma!

    1. 11.1
      F [is for failure to emerge]

      SF Peaks. (And I think, Rainier.)

      1. Trebuchet

        Folks in Seattle like to call it “Rainier” but I prefer “Tacoma”. Tacoma is the Native American name, Rainier is some English guy who never saw it. Plus I once lived in Tacoma.

        1. F [is for failure to emerge]

          In that case, Tacoma it is. Cool!

  12. 12
    Eskered

    #1 is San Francisco Mountains in Arizona. #2 is Mount Rainier and Little Tahoma, #4 is St Helens, #3 took me a bit but I think its Tequila Volcano, Jalisco, Mexico, and that would be my guess for ETEV’s official volcano.

  13. 13
    machintelligence

    Local rule: If something is missing, check under the cat.

  14. 14
    rq

    #3, because it’s tequila, and that mountain must hold the truth.

  15. 15
    rq

    PS Volcanoes I, III and IV have eerily similar silhouettes. Have they experienced similar types of eruptions?

    1. 15.1
      Eskered

      I think every volcano erupts in its own sort of way. Based on location, I think #1 is likely deceased, not going to see an eruption from Arizona any time soon. The other three are likely going to erupt in the future, and we need to keep an eye on them.

      1. rq

        I suppose it follows that any kind of an eruption that destroys the top of a mountain will leave a similar silhouette behind. :) Esplodey mountain looks like esplodey mountain, with the details written in the ground and the close-up views.
        But, if each volcano erupts in its own sort of way, how come eruption types are classified (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Types_of_volcanic_eruptions)? And wouldn’t a particular type of eruption leave a particular footprint in the appearance in what remains of the mountain?

      2. F [is for failure to emerge]

        Eskered
        #3 is rather extinct, and the other vents in the field are dead as far as I can tell. Tequila has erupted in a very interesting series of ways, but it seems to be done for the geological present. In fact, a some of volcanic cones in this area are one-offs, magma venting elsewhere or the system going extinct once eruptions subside.

        rq

        Esplodey mountain looks like esplodey mountain

        Reach back into the internetz grab-bag.

        And wouldn’t a particular type of eruption leave a particular footprint in the appearance in what remains of the mountain?

        Some are very distinct visually, all are distinct when studied. Of course, some of this depends entirely on when we are seeing the volcano. Some have more than one eruption style, and some erupt very different lavas over the course of their lives. This doesn’t even take into account what else has happened, like erosion or subsidence or being completely obliterated by a later mega-eruption (in which case we never saw that volcanic cone, or won’t see it again).

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