The Leonid Meteor shower will lighten the sky tonight, so keep your eyes open and please avoid going to bed. We can expect some beautiful shooting stars, resulting from the debris of comet 55P-Tempel-Tuttle.
Of course you will have heard the news about the ongoing eruption off El Hierro. If the submarine volcano remains that active, we will have a new island, soon. Some good coverage can always be found at the Iceland Volcano and Earthquake Blog, at the eruptions blog (
weird Wired Science), and at the Earthquake Report, which almost turned into El Hierro Report now. They have the latest news and they do a good job on interviewing locals and setting up webcams.
Another great eruption happened at Africa’s most active volcano, the Nyamuragira. This one’s always good for some spectacular pictures, and here they are:
There’s also some increased earthquake activity at Santorini, but that’s most likely far away from an eruption…
Anne from Highly Allochthonous published an open letter to Nature regarding a sexist story which was published recently. There’s a huge upscream in the blogosphere and at Twitter, but I wonder how Nature will and can react. It’s not a scientific article, just a piece of fiction. They could remove it form their issue or the author could withdraw it, but the interesting point is that it’s art. It might be sexist, but it remains art. I also feel that Nature should better not publish that sexist stories, but that’s off my topic and I can hardly judge on the quality.
I already mentioned that the photofly software which is able to compose a 3D-picture from a number of photographs can be a great tool in geology. Now Ron Schott has uploaded some nice examples from mud cracks and Castle Rock:
Have a nice weekend!