With midterms week looming over us and the doom and gloom of Ohio weather, I think I can safely say that the majority of students here at Denison all wish we were in a place that’s a little warmer, a little sunnier, and a little less depressing overall. You don’t know how many times I’ve caught myself and others staring out of the window when actually we’re supposed to be paying attention the laws of logarithms that are up on the whiteboard. The Philippines are a nice enough place this time of year, right? Since there hasn’t been any recent volcanic activity in the area of Japan and the Philippines, why don’t we focus on the volcanic history of one of these exotic locales and escape the dreariness of Ohio for a bit? I’ve done a bit of internet surfing and here is more or less of a brief summary of what I’ve stumbled upon.
The Philippines are an archipelago of thousands of islands. For most of us who are fairly new the volcanic world, archipelagos are a chain of islands that are formed by tectonic movement and are more often than not, volcanic. One of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines (there are 37 volcanoes in all) is Mount Mayon. It is one the 18 active volcanoes in the Philippines and has erupted a total of 43 times and killed over 1300 since 1616. Mount Mayon is your classic sratovolcano, which just means that it is tall and cone shaped, built up from many layers of hardened lava and volcanic ash along with other debris. Other notable volcanoes in the Philippines include; Taal (which has had 33 eruptions since 1572), Butusan, and Canlaon. Below I’ve attached pictures of various Filipino volcanoes.
Above is a picture of Mount Mayon. You would would’ve never have thought something so pretty could cause so much destruction, huh?
Priya Nalluri 2/28/11