Volcano Lightning

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The End Looks Like the Beginning

What does the end of world look like? A huge black cloud riddled with the lighting of the Gods?

For that matter, what did the beginning of the world look like? Some might present the same picture and say that the world began in fire and lightning.

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Eyjafjallajökull Eruption

In April of 2010 the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland erupted. The eruption through so much ash into the air that air travel all over Europe was affected. The eruption was thought to officially over when the ice that tops the mountain did not melt in October 2010.

In essence a volcano erupted under a glacier. This even caused some flooding for Icelanders.

The spectacular lightning displays result from something called “dry lightning” and “dirty thunderstorms”. A volcano can send tons of ash into the air. In addition, a very energetic volcanic explosion in a polar region can put a bits of rock and ice into the air. A great deal of find particulate matter rushing through the air at high speed is formula for lightning.

In fact, in locations like grain and flour elevators explosions have been known to occur due to the static electricity produce by fine particles rubbing on each other and the silos.

For volcano afficianados Eyjafjallajökull produced the entire range of just about anything they wanted to see in a volcano including lava, plumes of fiery molten rock, sparks, darks clouds of doom and even floods. Even though it may seem foolhardy to some, volcano tourism did pick up around the time of the eruptions.

At least some of the explosive activity of the volcano seem to produced by having heated molten rock under immense sheets of ice. Rapid melting of the ice and release of the heated rock and ash caused plumes that may have reach as much as 6 miles into the air. So it is no wonder that air traffic was curtailed.

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Nature's Fury

There is a song that Elton John sings that has the lyrics which I will paraphrase as “…and all the science I don’t understand…” For me the mixture of lighting and lava is wicked cool. So much hot, liquid death in a such a confined space over such a short period of time. No human could survive being anywhere near it but it is cool to watch. As we wander about in the modern world it is sometimes difficult to understand why anyone thought they needed superstition or even religious faith to understand the natural world. But when you see something as fearsome and the impenetrably dark plumes of volcanic smoke and ash shot through with lightning and bathed in a volcanic glow you could begin to believe as they said in Jaws, we’re gonna need a bigger boat. Someone or something bigger than us might be required to control such massive energies. After all, it is pretty clear when you look at phenomena like volcanoes that nature could wipe us out on in a heartbeat and never notice or care that it did.

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http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/volcanoes/icelandic_ash.html

http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/lightning_gallery#116

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_eruptions_of_Eyjafjallaj%C3%B6kull


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colorfulone 20 months ago from Minnesota

"Nature's Fury" is spot on. Wow, those are some great photos. It would be awesome to see a volcano erupting and lighting flashing from several miles away of course. Interesting article.


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Susie thanks for stopping by. I have an endless fascination with volcanic lightning.


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Julie K Henderson 20 months ago

Thank you for tackling this topic. The pictures are spectacular and make me wonder if I will ever see such a sight in person. Well done.


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Thanks Julie. It would be awesome to see this sight. As long as I am not too close. I wonder how it all sounds?


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Rachel L Alba 20 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

I think those were beautiful pictures. Nature can show some really fantastic and beautiful sites. Thanks for sharing.


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tobusiness 20 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Nature is indeed a force to be reckened with. Volcanoes are fascinating but deadly. this is one firework display I'll be happy to admire from a great distance. Every now and then Mother Nature reminds us just how insignificant we are.

Interesting hub, lovely images


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Hello Rachel and Jo(tobusiness) . I am glad you two enjoyed the volcanoes.

Have a blessed day!


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ethel smith 20 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Yep we should never underestimate nature and how insignificant in many ways we are


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida

Nothing man or womankind can ever rival nature's forces. The photos are spectacular. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to be near enough to see in person.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Ethel, some might say that nature puts us in our place without breaking a sweat!


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Patricia (pstraubie48) thanks for dropping by and commenting. For me, volcanic lightning is awe inspiring.

Have a blessed day!


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Peggy W 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

The name of that Icelandic volcano is certainly a mouthful! Those eruptions certainly did play havoc with air travel for quite some time. The forces of nature are gigantic compared to us and often we are left at its mercy. Amazing photos!


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Nice to see you Peggy. I go by the words of the bard, Clint Eastwood. A man's got to know his limitations. So I have not tried to pronounce the name of the volcano. Some burdens are too great for mortal man to bear!


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MarleneB 20 months ago from Northern California, USA

It does make you wonder about the power behind things of such magnitude.


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Hello Marlene. Thanks for dropping by. I hope you are having a blessed and powerful day!


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tammyswallow 20 months ago from North Carolina

This is fascinating. I never heard of this before and really enjoyed learning about this.


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Hello Tammy. Thanks for dropping by. In some of the photos of volcanic ash and lightning it looks like the wrath of God to me!


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Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great hub, Poetryman. Very interesting and useful in my book. Awesome photos! Voted up!


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Hello Kristen. Thanks for your kind remarks. Have a blessed day!


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Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

My pleasure Poetryman. I thought I owe you a review, since you've commented on mine. Thanks for the follow.


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Barbara Kay 20 months ago from USA

That is awesome and scary at the same time. Interesting.


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Hello Barbara. What did Indiana Jones say in that one movie: "The power of God". Or something like that.

Have a blessed day.


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England

Wow! Love the photos! I love watching Volcano Lightning when its shown on TV, but to be near it to watch must be amazing! yes never underestimate the power of nature, it could wipe us all out in an instant! fascinating stuff.


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Hello Nell. Thanks for sharing the awesome power of nature.

Be blessed!


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FlourishAnyway 20 months ago from USA

Great hub, poetryman6969. Voted up and more. Your thoughts remind me of the Carl Sagan quote: “The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.”


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Hello FlourishAnyway. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Carl Sagan did have a way with words. These days I like to listen to a science program narrated by Morgan Freeman now and again.


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sgbrown 20 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

This would truly be something awesome to see, from very far away of course! These pictures are amazing!


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Sheila, there are even some who say that volcanoes have had a significant effect on weather and climate in the past. All that power packed into a single place can pack a wallop.


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida

What an interesting article! I would not want to be near a volcano when it erupted. I enjoyed your photos and info.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Mary I am glad I was able to share some lightning with you this fine day.

Be blessed!


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas

Heard of explosions at grain plants, but never knew volcanoes caused lightening. Learned something here.

The beginning of the world is described in Genesis. :)


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Au fait some invoke volcanoes for just about everything. Some even think that volcanoes can change the weather.


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teaches12345 19 months ago

I've seen some pretty cool lightning storms through my lifetime but these photos top them all. I would love to watch them from a safe distance. Thanks for the education.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Dianna Mendez (teaches12345) , I am glad you enjoyed the lightning.

You have a blessed day!


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Besarien 19 months ago

Volcanoes are fascinating and so beautiful even though they can be tremendously destructive too. These photos are so dramatic! I have seen lightning (even green lightning though people say it doesn't exist) associated with hurricanes and tornadoes. I did not realize it also accompanied volcanic eruptions. It does make sense for cataclysmic events to affect the weather though, short and long term.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Besarien, I think I would like to see that green lightning of which you speak. Didn't the Bard say something like there are more things in heaven and earth...

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