Send me your volcano questions

I'm buried knee-deep in lab work this week, so I don't know how much internet scouring I will be able to do for new news, however, I should have time for a mailbag column.

So, do you have a burning (no pun intended) volcano question you want answered? Email the question(s) to me and I will try to answer them in a mailbag column later this week.

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(And while you're at it, if you have any volcano images you'd like to share, send them to the same email address!)


Volcan Llaima in Chile erupting in February 2008. Image courtesy of Eruptions reader Melissa Lowman.

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Will try to you answer strictly volcano questions only or also seismology ones related to volcanism?

By SHIRAKAWA Akira (not verified) on 22 Jun 2009 #permalink

The question I would like to pose to you and your readers is not so much volcano science but rather, volcano effects. Being a somewhat frequent traveller from Seattle to Japan, most recently just two days ago, I'd like to find out what is the most current source of information on commercial flight rescheduling due to airborne ash. The WAAC is great for providing the information on where the ash clouds are and where they are heading and the Flight Tracker link you provided last week is great for looking at specific flights in progress, but the airlines seem a bit opaque about up-to-date information on whether they are encountering delays and diversions. Are there some other sources travellers can check for current information?


doug (from Nagoya)

Are there volcanoes on Venus? Are there volcanoes on Enceladus? What solar bodies in the system have volcanoes and how do their respective volcanoes differ?

I've read that Chaiten is low in sulfur dioxide and high in water vapor. What volcanoes are different, weird or out of the ordinary compared to what is normal? I know this is subjective, like beauty, but I'd like to hear what others have to say. I'm no volcanic wizard, just a science buff.

Why exactly was that picture you posted of Sarychev Peak erupting so amazing? Can you explain some of the science behind the distinctive features in that picture? In particular, why have the clouds cleared in a perfectly circular pattern around Sarychev, and why does the ash cloud look so distinctive?