About the Volcano

A fascinating fact about Eyjafjallajokull (here’s the pronunciation):

Even though the ash cloud hovers at between 15,000 and 30,000 feet, higher than most airplanes fly, planes can’t simply fly below the ash because the volcano “has generated a new weather system made of glass: its own ‘maelstrom of microscopic volcanic glass shards‘ that liquify and go molten inside passing airplane engines, causing failure.”  (Link.)

The stuff of alien worlds, no?  Here are some beautiful pics (from this site):


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