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Imagine being an extraterrestrial geologist in geostationary orbit above the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s. You're the first explorers to reach Earth (underpants-thieving aliens aside), and you haven't got a lot of data on this little blue marble. But your own planet has plate tectonics, so you're familiar with the landforms caused by the process.

You have a look through your sensors, and see a conga line of volcanoes weaving up the continent.

Now, your image wouldn't be labeled, of course. But you can see a trench offshore, and a zig-zaggy ridge, so you can sketch in some very small oceanic plates busily subducting beneath the continent. The line of coastal mountains and that volcanic arc, less than a hundred miles from the sea, would have given the game away even if you didn't have super-cool sensors that can see beneath the sea. You know there's an active subduction zone here.

You run further scans. Some of the volcanoes in that arc are fairly young, and have been active in the recent past. You do a quick north-to-south sweep, and notice Mt. Baker still steaming away. Glacier Peak has a 300 year-old coating of ash. Mount Rainier is riddled with hydrothermal anomalies, cooking itself from the inside: it's so rotten you can see evidence of mudflows barely over a decade old. Mt. Adams doesn't seem to have erupted for the past few thousand years, but hydrogen sulfide fumaroles puff away atop it. And, a short jog to the south, Mt. Hood has also got active fumaroles. Any of these volcanoes could erupt at any time. The cities you see, located in the shadows of these restless mountains, had better watch out.

But it's one volcano in particular that's caught your eye (or eyestalk)...
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I'll be starting the Mount St. Helens eruption series back soon. If you haven’t yet read it, or just want to refresh your memory, I'll be re-running it here. Stay tuned for some pretty dramatic events!


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I had no idea before I started these series. They break my heart. But speaking as a geology addict, if you've gotta make your exit, there's definitely worse ways to go
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Okay, G+ denizens, what shall we do for our next mystery? Botany? Flora? Something else?
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Flora, please!
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Haven't finished your midwinter gift shopping? Panicking? No worries! There's still time to order one of the fabulous gifties on the list I lovingly made for you. But only a little time, so it might be a fabulous idea to order today!
Whether your earth science-adoring loved one has been gnaughty or gneiss this year, I've got lots of gifts on this list that they won't take for granite! These gifts were hand-selected with the last-minute shopper in mind. You don't even have to leave home to make the holidays rock!
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All right, G+ denizens, can one of you choose a book by China Mieville for me to feature in the next, oh, say, 20 minutes? Thankee kindly.
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If not the city and the city then Rail sea is pretty accessible. I know I'm 40 minutes late☺
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Look at all the neato geological gifties I found for you! Everything's suitable for ordering until very nearly the last minute.

Heads up for my peeps here: this post will go live on Scientific American no later than Monday, and probably Sunday - so if you were going to order some Holy Schist or Gnaughty and Gneiss cards, you'd probably best do that before the end of the weekend. I'm not sure how long stock will last once it's out to a larger readership.

Have a super day!
Hey-o, it’s two weeks til Christmas, and that means fewer than fourteen shopping days! Onoes! Look, relax, it’s fine. I’ve got you covered. Herein you will find gifts suitable for…
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Okay, absolutely last call for book recommendations: tell me your favorite books about atheism. (No Dawkins, no Hitchens, no Harris. EVERYBODY knows about those.)
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I put those 3 into Gnooks, I think you'll see the same recommendations as I got, through this link: http://www.gnooks.com/suppose.php?s=131383392

Also, check out their Author map.
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We knew she was dangerous.

People remarked on her beauty: "Surprisingly symmetrical (pdf)," "Fuji-san of America." She was perfect, a flawless volcanic cone cloaked in deep green forests and mantled in brilliant white snow.

Her former perfection was a sign of the cataclysm to come. When we see a volcano so exquisitely formed, her flanks so full, her form ungouged by the glaciers draped over her, we know she's young and full of zest. She's been active recently; she's likely to awaken again at any moment.

And we knew....
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Has anyone in the geoblogosphere written an engaging post about Krakatoa's 1883 eruption? Send me the link!
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I haz da Boo. 
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Yes you haz.
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She's half-blind, half-deaf, and older than dirt, but I can still get her going with a laser pointer.
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Has anyone read The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World by Susan M. Schneider? Was is good, bad, indifferent?
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Sorry, I haven't... Sounds like a likely read, though...
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