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Volcanism on the Sea-to-Sky Highway

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The Sea-to-Sky between Vancouver and Whistler showcases some gorgeous geology. Volcanics cut into fjords by glaciers lead to epic landslide hazards (and equally epic mitigation measures), but north of Squamish the terrain is a bit less harsh and the lava … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vancouver, City on the Edge

I have given away more copies of Vancouver, City on the Edge: living with a dynamic geological landscape by John Clague and Bob Turner than I can easily count. I do this because it’s a well-written book accessible to anyone … Continue reading

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AGU: Disaster Days

A speaker in the U13 session declined to list numbers for how many people were killed, buildings destroyed, or damage caused by his particular hazard, pointing out that every scientist seems to claim their disaster is the deadliest. Where I … Continue reading

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Disaster History of British Columbia

Earthquakes The active subduction zone along the west coast of British Columbia is responsible for most of the ≈1,450 earthquakes each year in Canada, and most of the highest-magnitude events. In the 19th and 20th centuries, western Canada experienced eleven … Continue reading

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Will Katla Erupt?

You’ve probably heard of Katla, Eyjafjoell’s more-pronounceable Big Sister. If you’ve seen any of the popnews in response to a press release about a report I haven’t gotten my paws on yet, you’ve probably heard of their history of Eyjafjoell … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Explaining Eyjafjallajokull

I haven’t said any more about Iceland’s eruptions since everyone else is already explaining everything you need to know. If you want to hear about the Worst Case Scenario, that’s covered (and I still peg Yellowstone as a more likely … Continue reading

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Glaciers & Volcanism

One of my favourite stops on the first-year disasters field trip is near Whistler, where columnar basalts curve to a central point. Since columnar basalts crack into pentagons perpendicular to the lava’s cooling surface, the standing theory is that this … Continue reading

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Rangitoto Island, New Zealand

Rangitoto, New Zealand is the youngest and largest volcano in the Auckland Volcanic Field. With a final eruption at least 600 years ago, the volcanic island is slowly weathering into soil. The rate of weathering is increased both by rainfall-watered … Continue reading

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