Sunday, April 5, 2009

Day 289: Plume

Alaska Volcano Observatory, via U.S. Geological Survey

I wrote back on Day 224 that the eruption of Mount Redoubt was imminent. The volcano emitted a plume of ash on March 15th, 2009 and has been erupting intermittently since. The Times's coverage has been interesting, only coming in the form of flight cancellation updates, short reprints of AP stories, fear-inducing ash warnings, or when parallels can be made with "eruptions" within the political scene of Alaska. The newspaper still doesn't seem to have found reason to directly addresses the event as news in itself, as a source of wonder, and definitely nothing that gives the eruption a broader context within environmental understanding or planetary geologic history.

If you want to experience any of this for yourself, enjoy some amazing photos here.
Continuous updates and webcams can be found here.
Or, you can even follow along on Twitter.

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