Saturday, April 17, 2010


Something new changing the landscape; a few days ago we witnessed something different to what has gone before; something unexpected and utterly amazing: no, not Nick Clegg, although the Lib Dems have been dormant for a while it seems - until now - but not for 200 years, unlike the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland which woke up last month with a light and lava show before dozing again until a few days ago. Now, the continuing eruptions of ash is causing massive disruption and travel chaos throughout Europe (and a knock-on effect globally) on a scale I've never seen in my lifetime; there's enough on the news so suffice for me to just post the incredible image below (click to enlarge); it is "lightning caused by electrical discharge within the ash column". Taken from the Stromboli Online of the Swiss Education website. More, equally impressive pictures HERE.

Eyjafjallajökull eruptionFor those really interested there is a chemical composition of the ash and the gas composition and flux report from the Institute of Earth Sciences HERE.

Mother Nature - just letting us know who's boss.

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5 comments:

Paul said...

Fantastic photograph. I like the fact that air travel has been brought to its knees by mother nature - although that doesn't help somebody like you who depends on it.

Span Ows said...

Yes, I like that fact too! Big show in Utrecht that I won't be at, not because I couldn't have made it but we others there/going who went by tarin and car...oh I say, moi?

...and guess what: today in several papers (online and print) I see similar pictures to this one (before they've just been the normal "cloud" pics) Now, not saying they copied me but I beat them by two days (arf arf) but nice to know that I move at the same speed as the global press....jejeje.

Span Ows said...

...and just noticed it posted today on the BBC.

Paul said...

I made that comment as well but it didn't show up!

Span Ows said...

I didn't see it so it wasn't like the deleted ones that the blog owner sees as well. So ot sure why it wouldn't/didn't show.

(sure you were posting here? It could have been the red haze and rage blinding you after the Barca game!)