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This earlier image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ISS018-E-038182_lrg.jpg seems to show the volcano's structure better.
The shadow line at bottom right shows a breached caldera rim with glaciers flowing off to the left. The resurgent cone of Mawson Peak partially fills the caldera. The dark spot at the centre would appear to be the active crater.
'I did hear once that the long version of the name is supposedly locals having a laugh, the volcano is Ejya, the glacier is Ejyafyallajokul, but the news carried on using the long name, so not sure if this is apocryphal'
The glacier is Eyjafjallajökull (literally the glacier on the mountain overlooking the (Westman) Islands). The south side of the massif on which the glacier is perched containing the volcano is Eyjafjöll proper, but most Icelanders call the whole thing Eyjafjallajökull - unlike the rest of us they don't seem to have problems round about the thirteenth syllable.
The earliest mention of Krakatoa is a misspelling in a telegraph message conveyed to the British press.
Lava lakes are very rare and there are only four persistent lava lakes on Earth (Nyragongo, Erta Ale, Erebus and Kilauea), so it is quite possible the lava lake has drained back into the volcano and this is erupting through a vent at or around the crater rim. Bearing in mind just where Big Ben is located and the low risk it presents, I doubt any geologists will be hot-footing it there to take a better look.
Australia has two active volcanoes. The nearby McDonald Islands had a series of eruptions between 1992 and 2005.
There are some field experiments at Rothamsted which go back to the 1840s.
And of course Britain's ongoing experiment of the American colonies seems to be going nicely after more than 250 years. There is even some evidence you will soon be able to get a decent cup of tea on the other side of the Atlantic.
Or indeed the Earth's Mantle which is a solid so far as an earthquake is concerned, but loses heat through fluid convection.
Because you might have bought your smartphone or iMac a while back but found yourself disabled, with a chronic illness or unemployed. I know it's hard to believe in the current Wirtschaftswunder, but people lose their jobs and are entitled to benefits.
Average heat from the Sun 340W/m2; from the Earth's interior 0.09W/m2.
The Earth radiates an enormous amount of heat, but it is utterly dwarfed by the mind-buggering amount of energy arriving from the Sun.
There's a difference between total fossil fuel reserves and economic fossil fuel reserves. The new reserves are almost all at the very high end of the price spectrum and would have been completely uneconomic even ten years ago. We have adapted to a world where oil costs $75-100 a barrel, we might be prepared to go even higher.
Are you proposing to put Iain Duncan Smith on Mars?
I'm good for a tenner.
'So, I'm in business, but one question remains: will the challenge prove harder on me or on my local bar owners, who greeted the news I'd be off the booze for a week with a mixture of disbelief and dismay.'
Well that's killed off the last part of the Spanish economy.
This isn't an elaborate scheme to have soft-hearted Reg readers bombard you with food parcels is it?
Birgitta has experience in politics as she was elected in the previous general election. She led the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative's work with the Alþingi to introduce constitutional protections for human rights regarding the media, especially protecting whistleblowers. Not just WikiLeaks, but in Icelandic society as a whole, where tight interconnections between families and businesses allowed politicians and bankers to run riot in the runup to the crash. A large chunk of her work was agreed with all of the parties in the parliament which is generally more consensual than the nightmare at Westminster.
'Given that it survived the creation of the moon (assuming that impact theory is correct) and the Chixculub (sp?) extinction impact and still balanced itself back out, who'da thunkit.'
The Earth survived just fine. The dominant lifeforms (or organic molecules) didn't come out of it quite so well.
In America, celebrity 'I'm sorry's are usually followed by 'God has forgiven me, so why can't you?'
'At the right moment, an accomplice can distract the guards by driving up in a flatbed truck bearing a cat playing a piano.'
Oh for that to happen, not just because the sight of the Home Secretary explaining that to the Commons would never get old, but for the gloriously po-faced Crimewatch reconstruction that would follow.
Don't Vodafone have any of those temporary phone masts that are put up in disaster areas?
Judging by the state of the O2 network round here, there's a hell of a lot of peregrine falcons nesting nearby.
Didn't British Rail used to have some electric locomotives that used flywheels to carry them over gaps in the conductor? Or am I imagining something much cooler?
The article mentions books being available in Cornish. Well that language is even more fragmented and marginal than Welsh.
She met Mikhail Gorbachev in 1984 before he became Premier of the Soviet Union. They spoke, got on and she saw he was different from his predecessors. She persuaded President Reagan that this was someone the West could do business with. The rest followed. That's a huge achievement on her part.
She was also the first senior politician (and a scientist at that) to point out that pouring carbon dioxide into the atmosphere was not a good thing.
And plastic - just like Paris H.
Does it make a really, really cool noise?
Has to be giving beer to baboons to see if they then claim to be able to fix all the world's problems before throwing an arm around the nearest primatologist, slurring 'I luv you - I do!' and toppling gently into the nearest mangrove swamp singing the song about the pixies.
UDMH is the stuff that's so nasty it resulted in a series of fires and explosions of Titan missiles in their silos. One exploded when a technician dropped a spanner on to the rocket's skin. It was armed at the time. The warhead was blown out of the silo and landed almost intact nearby.
Nitrogen tetroxide also nearly killed the crew of the Apollo half of the Apollo-Soyuz test mission when a reaction control system malfunctioned during re-entry and bled fumes into the capsule. I seem to recall the crew suffered 'bleached lungs'.
Is anyone sure that Lester's Special Projects Bureau isn't actually a front for the North Koreans? We've been worried about ICBMs, but perhaps the Register's very own Werhner von Braun has been working on a burro-bomb that can be sneaked into a perfectly innocent donkey sanctuary on the south coast of England.
Some of those folks are still working. 'The Cave' from Double Fine is written by some of the people behind the LucasArts originals and has some of the same humour.
'The e-gambling den will be run in partnership with operator bwin.party under a Gibraltar gaming licence.'
So lots of free advertising on Wikipedia then.
The ring of power is also inspired by Norse mythology; especially Odinn's ring Draupnir which granted its owner control over the Nine Worlds. It's safe to say that Tolkein was an expert in many cultures and combined them with his own imagination to produce Middle Earth.
Because Jupiter's radiation belts would cook you.
Not since supergun genius Gerald Bull met a nasty end at the hands of the Israeli secret service (allegedly).
And Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.
Get up! Go to bed! Go faster! Stop! Eat this! Don't eat that!
Dude - save money and join the Marine Corps.
Can I raise the dread possibility that CASSIE has defected and is even now supplying North Korea with the necessary technology to bombard America with stratospheric Kinder eggs and soft toys?
The UK's best effort is the frankly pitiful faking of James Purnell's presence at a hospital opening:
Maybe that would read better as 'the faking of the frankly pitiful James Purnell'?
Well just as long as they can make a Roomba that doesn't have a preternatural attraction for cables. No matter how I arrange them, I can be sure that I'll come home to find a guilty looking robot hiding under the sofa sucking on a mains lead like that scene in Lady and the Tramp.
It'll be tragically ironic if CASSIE landed on a dual carriageway.
Okay MERLIN is a whacking great long line of radio telescopes which thanks to maths way beyond my level lets you pretend you have a dish a couple of hundred kilometres across. So what's better about a virtual dish one square kilometre in size?
Please try to be gentle.
Lighter REE are more common than the heavy ones such as dysprosium, terbium, europium, and ytterbium. Many of the reserves being brought online in the last couple of years have not added much to the supply of the heavy REE whilst reducing China's grip on the light elements.
'Who knew Trinidad was a player in the Gas industry?'
Trinidad has lots of hydrocarbons; including a groovy asphalt lake and mud volcanoes.
You mean the 200 trillion cubic feet that may, or may not, actually exist?
Drilling two wells and claiming 200 trillion cubic feet of gas is a good way of propping up a share price; but it is a long way from proving there is actually 200 trillion cubic feet of gas (for which you need hundreds of wells) and even further from proving there is 200 trillion cubic feet (or even a tiny proportion of that) that is economically viable and can be recovered in a reasonable time.
This privatised energy market really is delivering isn't it?
They've had decades to build gas storage facilities and instead spunked money and effort on developing credit cards, buying the AA and DynoRod only to sell them off shortly after.
Another great title with something of a cult following on Amazon:
Your first explanation.
God's left the fridge door open.
Selling things with UK plugs and English instructions would also be welcome.
'Don't pensioners get free TV licences?'
I think it's only those 80+.
Re: back catalogues.
In most cases it is to do with licensing of music, video or pictures from other rights holders. The BBC licensed them for original broadcast only and they would need to be relicensed. An even worse situation exists for older dramas where they would need to clear the rights with the agents or estates of the performers.
Agree entirely about covers on charging ports. That was pretty much the one thing Nokia got wrong with the Lumia 800 whose cover was fiddly and fragile.
It's not been the same since it was taken over by Oracle.