As I noted in the El Hierro eruption post, scientists say that they’ve never before seen anything like the volcanic material coming up as smoking lava bombs which they’ve called Las Restingolitas in honour of the little town of La Restinga so close to the eruption zone.  On the outside is a dark glassy substance, thought to be some sort of basalt composition comprising minerals of peridot, pyroxene, magnetite and halite (sodium chloride), but inside is a white spongy mass that is minerologically very different, probably a type of silica but of a highly explosive rhyolite type which might even have been brought up fromREAD MORE

To all those who follow my posts on this blog, a very Happy New Year. I hope that 2012 brings all that you would wish to make your life happy and fulfilled. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE       —–      FELIZ AÑO NUEVO A TODOSREAD MORE