One of our authors, Alex S., is experiencing the ash side of a volcano in the Philippines. I would share my father’s pictures of Mauna Loa and Kīlauea in Hawaii. The two sit in the middle of the Volcano National Park, parts of which were destroyed by the eruption of Kilauea in 2018. My father was a professor of science education, and his love was science. He was a biologist (he studied frogs) by training. His initial love of biology came from the great Wisconsin Biologist Aldo Leopold (his book on Door County, Wisconsin is considered the seminal look at the biology of that part of Wisconsin/ My grandfather loved Aldo Leopold!) as a child dad used to take me to the Indiana University School of Geology. We would also stop at the seismograph in the lobby of the building.
More about Aldo Leopold (https://www.aldoleopold.org/about/aldo-leopold/)
Volcanoes are something not to be messed with. I went to see the aftermath of Mt. St. Helens eruption in upstate Washingon on a trip to Seattle for one week. I was there nearly 14 years after the eruption, and much of the volcano peak had not grown back. At the time of the explosion and eruption, some trees went up the side of the volcano. Those had not returned. These pictures first are both at night and during the day. The observatory for eruptions at Volcano national park well away forms the two bubbling holes. When you go to the park (Volcano national park), you literally can walk around the hole in the ground that is where the area of the volcano.
Steam rises into the air. There are vents all around the edge of the hole, that water seeps into and then comes back out as steam. Lava, which is magma, from below the earth’s crust, is very hot (it is liquid rock). It produces light and heat. You can see the night pictures taken at a distance of more than a mile, but the light is shining. The picture taken during the day shows a more passive view with steam rising and some lava flowing away from the volcano. I would not get as close as these pictures were taken from. I much prefer viewing this from a greater distance. I remember dad and I wandering to the Geology building and watching the seismograph. It remains one of my fondest memories.
Stop by and wish Alex S. Best wishes, as he is getting pelted with volcanic ash!