Wednesday, 31 March 2010

flying over the volcano site...




yeasterday i was so lucky to be able to fly in a small plane over the eruption site at Eyjafjallajøkull. Eyglo at my office had a friend who had some extra space in a plane, so Eyglo and i went out flying. the weather was mostly calm, except a bit bumpy over the mountains, so i managed to get ari sick, though with out using the air sickness bag...
i got a lot of photos, but due to bright light (too much day light) photographing was difficult. we even had time to fly one pass over my glacier. it was great to get some new photos of my glacier, before i have to hand in my thesis;0)

more photos on "my pictures"

Saturday, 27 March 2010

NASA EO-1 images



NASA uploaded these images today of the eruption site
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=43252
the resolution is 10 meter ( alot more than the 250 meter image downloadable for free;0))

the first clear satellite picture of the eruption site...



the picture is MODIS from a NASA satellite with a pixel resolution of 250m, red insert show the eruption site and the black ash spread around...

Friday, 26 March 2010

my own trip t the volcanoe...




I put some more photos on my pictures!

we only got to a distance of 17 km from the eruption site on wednesday, but got some fairly good pictures of what is happening. a lot of people are acting like this is nothing dangerous, but when you come to a distance of onlye a few hundred metres, then it could become very dangerous...



Also is an article about "Iceland: the world's most feminist country"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/mar/25/iceland-most-feminist-country

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

a days work in school...

a good web cam of the eruption

http://mila.is/um-milu/vefmyndavelar/eyjafjallajokull-fra-thorolfsfelli/

more links


picture this afternoon by RAX/mbl.is






http://www.jardvis.hi.is/page/jardvis_eyjogos?241,90

http://www.earthice.hi.is/page/ies_Eyjafjallajokull_eruption?285,50

some usefull links


this picture was taken by RAX/mbl.is this morning at hrs 0900

some more links
english (not that good) http://en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/articles/nr/1852

icelandic (good) http://www.vedur.is/skjalftar-og-eldgos/frodleikur/greinar/nr/1847

it is still cloudy weather so the satellite pictures from rapidfire/NASA doesn't show much...

i am in school trying to write my master thesis, right now exel is buging me...

Monday, 22 March 2010

news in english

http://www.mbl.is/mm/frettir/english/

with this link you can read all the news translated into English. they are though a bit late and will not always be translated the same day as the ocure....

right now the weather is crazy in the volcanoe area and the forecast for tomorrow isn¨t much better, so mayby something exciting will have happened when the weather clears up...

alomost everyone in school drove to the area to see the eruption, but i stayed at home with my master thesis...and i saw no reason to go there when the weather was bad (i want good conditions and great pictures) and the eruption small (i want bigger)

the reason for the sudden cloud rising to 1 km height is not gases but melted snow (water) flowing into the hot magma and this is therefore steam.
the water level in the river also rose suddenly and temperature went from +1 to +7 in a very short time, but lowered quickly again.

latest picture of the volcanoe...



taken this morning by Jóna Sig www.mbl.is

Sunday, 21 March 2010

accurate position of eruption...

Volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajøkull, South Iceland




last night an eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajøkull started. around 500 people have been evacuated from the area and most planes flying over iceland have been cancelled.

the eruption site is between two glaciers and therefore the chances of jøkulhlaup (catastrophic flooding) is not that great. but this can all change...

the eruption rift is about 1 km long ( vestmannaeyja in 1973 was 2 km long) and the magma came up to 100 m up in the air.

the two pictures are taken by RAX from www.mbl.is

http://www.mbl.is/mm/frettir/innlent/2010/03/21/gosid_faerist_i_aukana/

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

a lake to be formed underneath my glacier....



a lake is probably to be formed if and when my glacier has retreated 3 more km inland. this will be between 110 and 60 m deep, 2.5 km long and maybe 400 m wide. more ice radar measurements have to be done to establish the correct size of theis "lake", but i don¨t have that equipment...

i am not very active on my blog these days, just working with my thesis that i have to hand in to my supervisors on may 3rd...

Thursday, 11 March 2010

it is hard to be a Geologist...



Today i am presenting my work for the rest of the Geology department in a power point presentation. it has taken some time to put it together but it is also helpfull in my further work of writing the thesis. i have to turn in the thesis by the 17th f May, so it is getting less and less time... i think i am in good progress, but still better to speed it up a bit now than in the end. there is light at the end of the tunnel...

Friday, 5 March 2010

Back from Boston

Anna and I came back from a good trip to Boston Tuesday morning. the weather on the trip was not very good, but we managed to have a good time in Boston. while we stayed in Boston the whole east coast had really bad weather, with snow, rain and strong winds, but we only got bits of it.
during our stay we walked a lot. it was a good way to see the city and all the historical sites and get a better appetite;0)

people were really friendly and helpfull and you always felt welcome and secure where ever we went. i think we saw most of the city and the suroundings on our walks, makin us pretty tired in the afternoons. then the hotel was a good place to relax for a few hours before we went out for some chow...

on our last day we tried the sub way, which worked really well (why did we do all this walking???) and went up to Harvard, which was a really nice place, busy place with students everywhere, nice shops and coffehouses and old beautifull histroical buildings. no i can say i went to Harvard;0)

we didn't do that much shopping, some clothes and some outdoor gear. most sotres are clothing and fashion, i needed some more outdoor stores and some electronic stores!

we had a hard time getting used to state taxes being added to everything as well as tips, something we Europeans aren't used to. we se a price and that is what we pay. the states wasn't that cheap either...

altogether a good trip to Boston

pictures will come later as we are going out of town this week-end, a search and rescue course in earthquake...