Wednesday, 7 December 2011

The 2011 American Geophysical Union

Well well what am eventful conference for geographers! Find out more here on the key findings and reports from this year's conference:

Also the BBC have posted an interesting story for physical geographers with a penchant for tectonics and shield volcanoes - check the headline out here:

Two-faced Kilauea volcano exposed

Scientists say their latest research indicates that explosive eruptions have been far more common in the past than the gentle outflows seen today.
And they warn that a return to this more violent behaviour would require the permanent evacuation of large areas around the volcano.
Kilauea would simply be too dangerous.
"We've found from our work that over the past 2,500 years, which is about as far back as we can see, Kilauea has been in an explosive mode about 60% of the time and in a lava-producing mode, such as it's in now, only about 40% of the time," explained Dr Don Swanson from the US Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Hawaii National Park.