Vote for the next Volcano Profile : Eruptions
I voted for Erebus for 2 reasons: 1) recently Russian sources stated it was a major contributor to the ozone “hole” which they also discounted as it appears and disappears, a phenomena. 2) The astronomy dept. at Stony Brook had invented an instrument to measure it from the ground back in 1978 or so, a Dr. Solomon, not related to the woman expedition leader Dr. Solomon, but our team’s instrument couldn’t stand up to the severe temperature changes.
Mt. St. Helens 30 years later is still in my mind, as US public education lead many to believe there are no active volcanoes in America. I traveled Greyhound bus through the dust to Seattle from Long Island, NY to get a plane for a short summer of NPS historical archaeology in Skagway, Alaska in 1980. Something to see, remaining glaciers, etc.
How about profiling the Ossipee Mountains in New Hampshire, home of “The Castle in the Clouds” a “perfect circle” ring dike left from a cataclysmic volcano exploding in the distant past? I’ve heard “taller than Everest” “10X Mt. St. Helens” etc. No one thinks of New Hampshire as volcanic much, yet that’s where politicians start! A small rhyolite adit and associated paleo-tools, Mt. Jasper in Berlin, New Hampshire is now on the National Register of Prehistoric Places thanks to geology-trained archaeologist and anthropologist R. M. Gramly, PhD, RPI, Harvard U., who I once took archaeology classes and field-school from.
Posted by: George Myers | June 12, 2009 4:04 PM