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Rosetta Stones

Rosetta Stones

Adventures in the good science of rock-breaking.

Prelude to a Catastrophe: "Pale-blue Flames"

Prelude to a Catastrophe: "Pale-blue Flames"

What do you do when the volcano whose beauty you've admired for so long suddenly wakes with a shiver and blows a plume of steam and ash into the sky?

July 7, 2012 — Dana Hunter
SciAm Blogs Blows Out a Candle, Has Cake, and Invites You to the Party

SciAm Blogs Blows Out a Candle, Has Cake, and Invites You to the Party

The Scientific American Blog Network turns 1 today! Scicurious wrote a poem for the occasion.Hard to believe we're so young, innit? We've got a long-established magazine behind us, and so many veteran science bloggers, that it feels longer, at least to me.

July 5, 2012 — Dana Hunter
Intermission: Sunset Crater

Intermission: Sunset Crater

(Apologies to Mount St. Helens fans. I didn't have this week's installment written up in advance, and now my uterus has attacked. We'll get on with the saga next week.

June 28, 2012 — Dana Hunter
Prelude to a Catastrophe: "Something Dramatic"

Prelude to a Catastrophe: "Something Dramatic"

The earthquake activity at Mount St. Helens had built to a crescendo. When a volcano shakes this hard, it almost always spells trouble: magma rising, an eruption imminent.

June 21, 2012 — Dana Hunter
Oceans of Ore: How an Undersea Caldera Eruption Created Jerome, Arizona

Oceans of Ore: How an Undersea Caldera Eruption Created Jerome, Arizona

"The town and its fluctuating fortunes are a humble reminder that much of human history has been influenced by the vagaries of the geologic processes that shape the land we inhabit, form the minerals from which we construct our civilizations, and produce the riches we covet." -Lon Abbott and Terri Cook, Geology Underfoot in Northern Arizona .

June 3, 2012 — Dana Hunter

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