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Purple Sunset

Volcanoes are pretty amazing things.

A while back there were two big eruptions in the North Pacific - one in Alaska, one in the Kuril Islands. You've all seen the picture from the ISS of the Kuril eruption, with its ash cloud, shockwaves and pyroclastic flows. The dust from those eruptions went high into the stratosphere, eventually blanketing much of the Northern Hemisphere.

That's why we've had some spectacular sunsets recently, with a distinct lavender-purple tinge, much like this one from early July here in Putney.

Purple sunset

Purple sunset

Putney, London
July 2009


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Aug. 24th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
I read an article last week that claimed a volcanic eruption was responsible for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

As you no doubt know, the Tambora volcanic eruption sent enough dust and stuff into the air that it basically ruined the following summer ... so the authors sat around Lake Geneva and instead of having a sunny time, wrote suitably dark fiction, and MS wrote Frankenstein.

There's also a claim that that same volcano was responsible for the invention of the bicycle, which is a fantastic claim, even if not true!
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