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Alaska's Mount Redoubt

Beginning March 22nd, 2009, Alaska's Mount Redoubt, began a series of volcanic eruptions, and continues to be active to this date. Ash clouds produced by Redoubt have pushed 65,000 feet into the sky, disrupting air traffic, drifting across Cook Inlet, and depositing layers of gritty ash on populated areas of the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage, about 180 km (110 miles) to the northeast. Mount Redoubt has erupted at least five times since 1900, with the most recent event taking place in 1989. (27 photos total)

An eruption of Mt. Redoubt seen at sunset from the cockpit of a DC-6 flying over Cook Inlet near Anchorage, Alaska on March 31, 2009. Photograph kindly provided by Bryan Mulder - pilot and photographer. (© Bryan Mulder)

An ash cloud from the eruption of Redoubt volcano rises above the horizon in Homer, Alaska, Thursday, March 26, 2009. The eruption Thursday morning sent an ash cloud 65,000 feet above sea level, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported. (AP Photo/Kenai Peninsula Clarion, McKibben Jackinsky) #

Photograph of Redoubt's March 27th eruption cloud, as seen from near Homer, Alaska. Photograph courtesy of Dennis Anderson. (Dennis Anderson / Alaska Volcano Observatory) #

Crater on Mt. Redoubt showing rapidly melting glacier and enlarged "ice piston" feature (a crater-like feature made of ice, but with vertical walls, formed by a plug of ice dropping down vertically as ice at the base melts and the water flows away). Picture Date: March 21, 2009. (Cyrus Read / AVO/USGS) #

A hole beneath the dome formed in an earlier eruption event in 1990. Picture Date: March 21, 2009 (Cyrus Read / Alaska Volcano Observatory) #

Closeup of the top vent in the Redoubt summit crater, seen on March 21, 2009 (Cyrus Read / Alaska Volcano Observatory) #

Panorama of a plume trailing off to the northeast from Mt. Redoubt on March 31, 2009. The plume contains fine ash which is creating a haze layer downwind of the volcano, and peppering snow-covered mountainsides. (Kristi Wallace / Alaska Volcano Observatory) #

This satellite image provided by GeoEye and taken Monday March 30, 2009 shows Alaska's Mount Redoubt volcano as it emits a steady ash plume. A light dusting of ash fell for the first time on Anchorage on Saturday. (AP Photo/GeoEye Satellite Image) #

View to the east of the summit crater of Redoubt volcano, heavily covered with deposits from recent eruptions. The near ridge, right of the notch, is the upper reach of the Crescent Glacier on the southwest flank. Picture Date: March 31, 2009. (Game McGimsey / Alaska Volcano Observatory) #

An eruption of Mt Redoubt, seen from a distance on March 28, 2009. (Tricia Joy Sadler / Alaska Volcano Observatory) #

Photograph of Redoubt's ash cloud, as it passes overhead and descends, viewed while traveling between Kenai and Nikiski, Alaska on March 28th, 2009. (Jaden Larson / Alaska Volcano Observatory) #

Volcanic ash fallout on the hood of a truck in Nikiski, Alaska from Redoubt volcano. This plume was generated during a March 28, 2009 eruption, and ash fall began at approximately 4:16 pm local time and lasted maybe 5 minutes. Notice the ash fall is less than 1 mm thick but grains are coarse sand size. (Kristi Wallace / Alaska Volcano Observatory) #

Gritty volcanic ash is seen on a person's fingertips Sunday, March 29, 2009, in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska's Mount Redoubt has simmered down after spreading a layer of gritty volcanic ash over scores of communities that include the state's largest city. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) #

Scanning Electron Microscope image of ash particles emitted by Redoubt volcano on March 22, 2009. The ash sample was collected during the ashfall in Healy, Alaska by Pavel Izbekov on March 23, 2009. The image was acquired by Pavel Izbekov and Jill Shipman using ISI-50 Scanning Electron Microscope at the Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory, University of Alaska Fairbanks. (Pavel Izbekov, Jill Shipman / AVO/UAF-GI) #

Scanning Electron Microscope image of a single ash particle emitted by Redoubt volcano on March 22, 2009. The image was acquired by Tom Kircher using ISI-50 Scanning Electron Microscope at the Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory, University of Alaska Fairbanks. (Tom Kircher / AVO/UAF-GI) #

Game McGimsey samples ash above the Drift River valley at seismic station DFR, located 8 miles (13 km) north of the summit crater of Redoubt. Picture Date: March 23, 2009. (Cyrus Read / AVO/USGS) #

Alternating ash and snow fall over several days create layers in this examination of tephra-fall deposits (volcanic ash) from the initial explosions from Redoubt volcano on March 22 and 23, 2009. Picture Date: March 31, 2009. (Kristi Wallace / Alaska Volcano Observatory) #

In this March 26, 2009 file photo, Mount Redoubt bellows steam and ash across the Cook Inlet from Ninilchik, Alaska. (AP Photo/Al Grillo) #

Ash cloud from Mt. Redoubt seen by the geostationary MTSAT satellite, courtesy of the National Weather Service, processed by the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Picture Date: March 26, 2009. (Jonathan Dehn / National Weather Service) #

Photograph of lightning from Mt. Redoubt's 1:20 am, March 28 eruption, courtesy of Bretwood Higman. (Bretwood Higman / Alaska Volcano Observatory) #

Lightning seen during Mt. Redoubt's 1:20 am, March 28 eruption, courtesy of Bretwood Higman. (Bretwood Higman / Alaska Volcano Observatory) #

Photograph of lightning from Redoubt's 11:20 pm, March 27, eruption, courtesy of Bretwood Higman. (Bretwood Higman / Alaska Volcano Observatory) #

Landsat 5 image of the Mt. Redoubt area on March 26,2009 at 1:07 PM AKDT. The false color image shows the large brown ash cloud extending over the Cook Inlet and the western Kenai peninsula (right side of image). The image also shows a whiter steam and gas plume rising from the summit of Redoubt Volcano (upper left). Dark lahar deposits extend north from the summit over the Drift Glacier an into the Drift River. (Ron Beck, EROS / Alaska Volcano Observatory / U.S. Geological Survey) #

Photograph of Mt. Redoubt's expanding eruption plume, about 3:30 pm, March 28, 2009, seen from Kasilof Beach in Alaska. (Jacob Buller / Alaska Volcano Observatory) #

Steam plume, lahar and ash deposits on the northern slope of Mt Redoubt, seen on April 4th, 2009. (Game McGimsey / Alaska Volcano Observatory) #

Muddy waterfalls running down the Drift Glacier on the side of Mt. Redoubt on March 23, 2009. (Cyrus Read / AVO/USGS) #

Steam and ash rise from Mount Redoubt volcano shortly after sunset, March 15, 2009, 50 miles west of Soldotna, Alaska. (AP Photo/Peninsula Clarion, M. Scott Moon) #


Fabulous always

Posted by MP April 8, 09 10:32 AM

who's up for adventure skiing?
Great chutes!

Posted by Too Many Bills April 8, 09 12:16 PM

To poster #83: Let's just say there is an equal amount of compelling evidence both for and against global climate change (I personal don't see this as being the case, but for the sake of argument let's start with your assertion that we simply don't know either way.) If we did decide to do something about it, and we find out later that global warming was just part of a naturally occurring cycle, the worst thing we could say was that we spent an awful lot of money to make things cleaner and more efficient. On the other hand, if it does turn out to be the case that global warming is caused by human activity, and we decide to do nothing about it, the worst case scenario could result in large portions of the globe being uninhabitable. So which is the more sensible course of action?

Posted by Slurry April 8, 09 12:35 PM

Wow! Alaska is unique and I miss it....(lived there 30 + years).

Posted by Patricia W. Swain April 8, 09 02:36 PM

this has just got to be the goverment's fault somehow...and the liberal media too

*stomps off*

Posted by Jack Lord April 8, 09 02:56 PM

I am quite impressed with the pictures of Redoubt Volcano. It's my belief that this volcano is going to cut loose with a tremendous force shortly. Keep the photoes coming.

Posted by Robert Dingas April 8, 09 03:11 PM

Bone chilling. This is only one obvious sign of the changes approaching our planet, and a signal of what tomorrow will bring to the children of the new age. Most everyone is working toward slowing these changes; but unfortunately we are fighting what appears to be a losing battle. Many faiths would call this 'The Signs of The Times' - and indeed with the help of man the earth will be destroyed.
In the last few years we have seen weather changes throughout the world - and a global warming that is frightening. Does anyone really know how to help us recover from all this?

Posted by Mary Bromfield April 8, 09 04:15 PM

Wow the photo's were great& I love the comments. Bill Blaine, Wa.98230

Posted by Bill Hillman April 8, 09 04:25 PM

110. Photos breathtaking. Comments funny.

Posted by Donita Meyer April 8, 09 04:46 PM

please know that when the volcano erupted March 22, the oil industry had left 6.3 million gallons of oil in a tank farm at the volcano's base. the very same thing happened during the 1989-90 eruption. cook inlet supports world-class fisheries, and on the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, we still don't have the capacity to prevent or clean up a large spill. the national media has missed this important story. see; more information at the unified command:

Posted by Bob Shavelson April 8, 09 04:54 PM

From Space!!!!! #19. Who knew?

Posted by Michael Laffan April 8, 09 05:31 PM

these pictures are just amazing. The eruption must have been spectacular but
frighting for all Alaskans. Thank God no was injured

Posted by Kaye Greeley, California, daughter in AK April 8, 09 06:30 PM

Nothing beats nature for fantastic out of this world pictures.

Posted by Glean Price April 8, 09 07:39 PM

FYI...looks colddddddddd!!!!!

Posted by john holmstrom April 8, 09 09:32 PM

Amazing pictures. I love the comment "I wonder if Sarah Palin can see it from her house"! My sister, Claudia Buzard, lives in Houston, Ak. A sort of suburb of Wasilla, where Mrs. Palin was once the Mayor. She can see it. Does that make her an expert on foreign affairs?

Posted by Michael T. Lawson April 8, 09 11:13 PM

Regarding Photograph Number 2: McKibben Jackinsky works for the Homer News, which is owned by the same company that owns the Peninsula Clarion. The Clarion must have picked up her photo, since it is a daily and the News is a weekly, and the AP must have picked it up from there. Or something. She's a great reporter and photographer in any case.

Posted by Stan Pitlo April 9, 09 01:40 AM

#24 is an idiot. Great pic's. Thanks.

Posted by Kevin April 9, 09 07:36 AM

Folks, the real problem with the debate on global warming is that there are some that believe mankind is the primary source of these changes and then there are those that don't. The issue is that the ones who believe are trying to force their values on the ones that don't. If it was just a verbal contest that would be fine however there is a huge amount of taxes that are about to be levied on all of us because of the ones who believe. This is just as wrong as the folks who are pro-life shooting people who are not. This is the same as one religious group saying their God is the only true God, etc., etc. As in all issues where there are two opinions, keep your views and beliefs to yourself and life will be fine.

I have no problem with those of you who subscribe to the belief that mankind is ruining the planet with our carbon output. Believe away all you want... .BUT when you want me to pony up and pay to support your beliefs??? That's where I draw the line.

For every scientist that is pro-global warming, there are an equal number of those who are not. They don't get equal media coverage because their message is not the one the politicians want us to hear. If you are the kind of person who gets all their 'facts' from Fox News, CNN, etc. then it's obvious why you have the opinions you do.

This entire exercise is just about extracting more money from us all in the form of taxes, carbon credits, etc. Mr. Obama's team of 'expert's is freely using the term 'climate revenue' for the money they anticipate extracting from us all in the guise of bettering the planet. Has anyone really asked where all this money will go and what is really will be used for?? Think about it...

For the record, I have been a conservationist my entire life, love nature, wildlife and studied forestry in college. The fanatics who are pushing this global warming threat have made me not want to admit in public that I care about the environment. They give the rest of us a bad name.

Posted by FlyboyArt April 9, 09 10:16 AM

#24 is showing their ignorance. Must of slept through geoolgy and earth science classes during his days in school. What an idiot!

Posted by OB April 9, 09 12:29 PM

TonG... you're guess is wrong. Humans still put more pollutants into the air than any volcano.

Posted by Jeffm April 9, 09 01:12 PM

#120..... Fact of the matter is, the climate IS changing....who cares about the 3rd world countries who do not pollute to the extent US, China, Russia do and who will be most adversely affected? You obviously believe your right to pollute and consume enormous amounts of fossil fuel is more sacred than a 3rd world citizen....You were not taught about sharing as a child and that is sad.

Posted by ds in Alaska April 9, 09 01:21 PM


"For every scientist that is pro-global warming, there are an equal number of those who are not."

That statement is just flat-out wrong, at least for atmospheric scientists where 97% of active climatologists accept that human activity is causing global warming. This is not a matter of opinion, it is a matter of facts. Once it moved to that realm, the rest of your entire argument is invalidated.

Posted by Ed T April 9, 09 03:13 PM

Wonderful pictures. Thanks for posting them. Ever since I was four years old, I wanted to be a volcanologist. I grew up in a family of scientists. I was fascinated by volcanos. Needless to say, I got off the track into other things, but volcanos and volcano pictures are still dear to my heart. In 1984, I had the great good fortune to be on the Big Island, of Hawaii, and present at the simultaneous eruptions of Kilauea and Mouna Kea. Pele, the Hawaiian Fire Goddess, who lives in the volcano, smiled on me. She knew I loved volcanoes. I arrived there at 5:30 pm, and Mouna Kea erupted at about 1:30 am. I'm a believer!

Posted by Charlen April 9, 09 04:26 PM

Lovely pictures. I am always impressed by the awesome nature of volcanoes. The latent power of these monsters is frightening.
Years ago, I read a science fiction novel, "Fallen Angels", by Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, and Michael Flynn. The essence of the plot is: 'Reeling under a new ice age, the lunatic fringe of the environmental movement controls the US government.'
Controls on CO2 had become so drastic that they triggered a new ice age. But the govenments refused to accept resposibility for their actions and all the world suffered. As every day goes by, I am reminded more and more of this book.
As the earth travels around the sun, it wobbles on its' axis. This wobble has an impact on the climate. So do the cyclical seasons on the Sun. However, these actions seem to be ignored by climate change proponents as I have never seen any of these figured into their propaganda. Al Bore says 'the discussion is over'. Sorry, Al, but I never saw it start. I only saw the political storm brought on by global warming proponents, with no credence given to opponents. Many researchers and scientists have complained they have been forced out of jobs, or had research curtailed, because they would not hew the line. The UN statement on climate change was strictly a political document.
The eruptions of Krakatua, Tambora (the year without a summer), Thera (Santorini), Toba (supervolcano), and our very own Yellowstone, have all had effects on global climate that has been quicker and more profound than CO2 from humans.
More information can be found here:
John Search has documented volcanoes for years.

Posted by Dave Nelson April 9, 09 04:27 PM

There sure are a lot of people with nothing to do that generate such worthless words as above. Look at the pictures and let it go. The Boss

Posted by Anonymous April 9, 09 05:24 PM

see amazing NASA photo of mud flows (lahars) threatening Drift River Oil Terminal at the base of Mt. Redoubt volcano:

Posted by Bob Shavelson April 9, 09 06:42 PM

To the earth-warming fanboys around :
You should rejoice at volcanic eruptions, as they pour Sulphur in the atmosphere ... which is one of the numerous crazy schemes thought to fight global "warming" !!!

Don't like CO2 ? Burn the scientific research picturing it in good light, stop breathing out, ban it from hospitals & farms, chop down the trees who excrete it, slaughter the animals who fart it, and use Zyklon B on people who don't pay their carbon tax ... Not your plan ? Wait and see ...

What I do not like is man-shaped parrots who blame a useful gas while turning a purposedly blind eye on SO2, NOx and particulate matter poured in the billions of tons from lorries (heard of trains ?), cargo ships (how cheap do you like your petrol ?), military vehicles (smelled the exhaust from an Humvee or F117 ?), laughable EPA's enforcement ... curb those proven harmful pollutants before asking people to curb their "CO2 footprint" !!!

For the ignorants around, post #24 did mistake the Romans' maps for those of a Turkish admiral named Piri Re'is, around 15th Century AD.

Believe everything that's in the media ? For you, we had nuclear attacks from USSR, climate cooling (late 90s), climate warming (early 00s), WMDs in Iraq, GW Bush that did a good job, a "temporary" economic correction, a messiah for president, ...just ask yourself what the CURRENT lies ARE !!

As far as volcanoes are concerned, we may be inspired to dig tunnels below the Earth to shelter us from the coming global cooling ...

Posted by Robert Aaron April 9, 09 07:18 PM

109 So this is the one (of the inumerable eruptions thru the history of the earth) that is triggering "the new age"???
120 High-five
127 High-five
If our air is unhealthy, we should strive to clean it, if our water is unhealthy, we should strive to clean it. Don't take away jobs from people who are engaged in producing old technologies. Reward the creativity of those researching and providing new technologies (and the jobs that go with them). Ultimately, the new technologies will provide the jobs to replace those from old technologies. Don't punish me for using the technology that was provided me. Reward me for trying newer cleaner technology. In short, if we can, we should. But unless it benefits our pocketbooks . . . we won't.

Posted by Marianne Head April 9, 09 10:57 PM

Amazing pics. Being our Gov wants to shake all of us Americans down
for 'carbon taxes'....this volcano will only fuel their fire about Global Warming.
Gore is probably jumpin' up & down...screamin' "YIPPEE".....while he's trying
to put that feather in his cap....idiot.

Posted by Vindi April 10, 09 12:37 AM

Great comments on Sarah Palin. I love the idea about her sacrifice.

Posted by Jean Persons April 10, 09 12:41 AM

People!!!! Why does everything have to come down to politics! The photos are an amazing example of how powerful and beautiful this world is (especially the great state of Alaska)....why can't everyone just focus on the majesty of these photos. Yes, I believe in recycling. Yes, I believe in being responsible for caring for the earth. NO, I don't believe in global warming. NO, I don't believe that man is so powerful that we can ruin mother nature. Mother nature has a way of correcting man's mistakes every time. Stop being so damn self-righteous! Thank you to the photographer for these amazing pictures. I love Alaska....the volcanos....the snow...the mountains...the rivers....the ocean....the bears....the moose....and especially the people! Vote Sarah Palin 2012!!!!!

Posted by Wasilla girl April 10, 09 12:45 AM

one of our past govs said " you just can't let nature run rampant" Wally Hickel
Lets get a clean up crew together and scrub those mountains, that my idea of a stimulus package Lets show mother nature who is really in charge. Don't forget, we're all gonna die no matter what. Great pics by the way.
Also, ash provides nutrients for plant growth, that should counter act the worry of air pollution right? Hell I've even seen moose licking ash off cars, must be something in it for them too. Thanks for the pics and stupid remarks, I gotta go wash my truck!

Posted by G-string Homer Ak April 10, 09 02:41 AM

Fantastic. I never saw lightning like this before. I will have to do some research!
Shame on those who ignorance show through their rudeness. Words like "Idiot" and "Wingnuts" reveal their closed mindedness or at least their intolerance to help others. Didn't your mother teach you manners?
Global warming? Antarctic Maps? Roman maps? Yes and no. see response #127. Re'is map was a composite of much older but far superior smaller maps. Europe has large patches of ice, and the coast of Antarctica is outlined. We had to wait for sonar in the 1940's. Global warming or earth cycles?

Posted by Ben H April 10, 09 03:58 AM

Love the firsts ones

Posted by Alexandra April 10, 09 05:48 AM

Mother nature is a force that you have to live with.
Get out of her way and if you can't brace yourself for the worst
The pictures are great

Posted by Don Laroche April 10, 09 06:49 AM

Now this is what I call " Global Warming ". I guess those nuts will say that if we don't try to control Mother Nature we will lose the Planet. Great Pictures.I have been on this planet for 78 years and I have noticed that we have some Hot years , Medium Temperature years and some extremely Cold years, so what is considered " Global Warming " ?

Posted by John Mc Daniel April 10, 09 08:44 PM

Nature: The greatest polluter of all.

More dirt (pollution) from one volcano puts more junk in the air than all man made pollution in makind's WHOLE history.

Posted by Mirko Bodul April 11, 09 12:36 AM

Boston Globe? An AMERICAN paper?
Put the measurements in ENGLISH first, not that damned metric crap! Ya want metric, go to bloody Eurpoe!
otherwise, awesome photos!

Posted by Senmut April 11, 09 01:08 AM

Just look at the pictures and enjoy the information provided and don't argue. President Obama will fix everything

Posted by David April 11, 09 03:11 AM

It's sad to see scientific illiteracy run rampant on this board. In that light I would just like to say the following: maybe the rest of you have lived very privileged lives. If so, then I'm happy for you. However, in my life my actions have always had consequences. So, do I think that humans acting in the ways that we do, over the time periods that we have will have consequences? Yes. It's pretty obvious to me.

#130 I'm not sure what you were trying to say with that list, but that is a tiny list compared to the total number of scientists. Also, only around 12 to 15 were in fields that were very closely related to atmospherics and climate.

Posted by Al April 11, 09 09:54 AM

All very beautiful pictures. Although the one that grabbed me was the shot of extreme lightning (pic 22). Amazing Shot. Is lightning a normal occurance during these events? Any conmments are welcomed. Bill

Posted by William A. Sauerteig - Phoenixville, PA April 11, 09 05:38 PM

God made these beautiful things and it is still moving along forming new layers as we go about our lives,
A cataclysm, wonder to us as the earth floods, moving in an earthquake or any violent change in this planet.
How big God is compared to man and how small that mankind is in comparson to him.
It took thousands of years for us to realize how slow we are trying to catch up in Our Gods technolggy? Thanks for sharing,

Posted by Ivon Coleman April 11, 09 08:34 PM

Yes, Palin CAN see it from her house. So can I!

Posted by Star April 11, 09 08:36 PM

These pictures are awesome! Unfortunately, humans seem to be suffering more from internal pollution then external. Talk about intolerance! Everyone is entitled to their own views so why bash each other? What ever happened to politeness? Let's enjoy the pictures and battle the global warming issues and such on blogs specifically designed for them. Thanks

Posted by manners Inc. April 11, 09 10:44 PM

What a bunch of hipocrits. Everybody ...kissoff.
Hug a tree OR go drill here/now. Get it out of your system.
Isn't it time you stopped neglecting your wife, husband, son, daughter, mother, father, dog, cat, gerbil, etc., by spewing your political opinions?
Look at the photos &

Neat photos. My eyeballs exploded from exposure to pure awesomeness.

Posted by CLINTON NEWS NETWORK ;) April 11, 09 11:13 PM

I really really REALLY loved the pictures Thanks for sharing them .they are totally awesome!!!!!

Posted by lynda bremmer April 12, 09 12:04 PM

I second # 52

Posted by bill smith April 12, 09 02:19 PM

Picture number one made me think of Mt.Doom from Lord of the Rings :)

Posted by Le Comte de Saint Germain April 12, 09 04:24 PM


Posted by John April 12, 09 05:42 PM

AWESOME, I have always wanted to visit Alaska. The pictures were breath taking, thanks for sharing them.

Posted by Andrea Brunazzi April 12, 09 05:57 PM

How many people expelling CO2 were responsible for melting the thousands-of-feet-thick ice sheets that covered the northern parts of the world as far South as Olympia, WA and Columbus, OH that raised the ocean level 500 feet? And, how can we expect trees to grow to old-growth size as we have in the Pacific Northwest if we reduce CO2?

Posted by Rudy April 12, 09 06:43 PM

I agree with #134 - Wasilla Girl. These comments should be monitored, just as the notice says a URL posting should be relevant. Why can't some of these people appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature, instead of turning this into a political bashing? It only shows us how shallow and disrespectful you are as a person.

Thank you - Big Picture and Alan Taylor, for collecting these magnificent photos to share with the rest of the world!

Posted by Gypsy Hogue April 12, 09 06:50 PM


Posted by Habiba April 13, 09 01:58 AM

a comment on entry #24 - Here is another opportunity to stop and reflect on the awesome majesty and power of creation; and all you can do is find another platform from which to rant. I honestly grieve for you wingnuts - you seem to exist only to "spew your ash" all over your narrow understanding of creation.

Posted by Phillip Allen April 13, 09 08:46 AM

Gorgeous photos, awe-inspiring.
I'm just ashamed to be an American when I see a majority of my fellow citizens spouting anti-science right-wing talking points, superstition, and "facts" that are nothing more than regurgitated Fox News. Try studying science journals instead of immersing yourselves in propaganda, much of which is generated by the same people who argued that cigarettes aren't harmful to health (as documented in a recent Discover Magazine article.)
Now watch people tell me to leave the USA because I "hate it" even though my comments are rooted in a deep love of this nation. More ignorant regurgitation.

Posted by George in Austin April 13, 09 10:19 AM

Hey George (#158) Just so ya know, you are allowed to stay in America, but as for being ashamed of it... I'm ashamed of you, and everyone from whatever political party you're part of if you decide to resort to name calling to try and get your opinion across. In America we're all allowed to have and voice an opinion. I would recommend you all research the bill of rights. (Its the first part of the Constitution)
As for those of you citing wikipedia, *chuckle* who exactly is/are the people that verify all the drivel contained there? The same people that verify all the drivel contained in the posts here. Now for the scientists... Scientists study things for quite a while, and then they write an "opinion" of the results of their study. Yes I know they're called conclusions, but they are only the opinion of the scientist doing the study. If they were "fact" then there could be no opposing "conclusions/opinions" about any scientific study.
Now a note to everyone else... when you cast dispersions at any particular news organization, you give away your political views. If you want people to read your comments without attributing them to a political view, don't cite the views of a news organization.
Sarah Palin is a human being, she is allowed to exist and have an opinion just as anyone else is allowed to exist. I find the coments about sacrificing her to the volcano gods to be juvenile and hateful. The same goes for the comments about Al Gore. See my first paragraph about our right to our own opinions.
Just enjoy the pictures and leave your personal and political coments to an appropriate discussion forum please.

The Pics are awesome, and should be judged on THEIR merits, not political crap.

Posted by A Rational Adult April 13, 09 11:50 AM

Beautiful! enjoyed all of it! Only God can do it, so we can enjoy it thanks for sharing!

Posted by RoseMary Hokoana April 13, 09 11:51 AM

The bottom line is that even without global warming our society is unsustainable,
Unsustainable as in SELF TERMINATING. The changes that are being advocated to deal with global warming are the very same ones that need to change to make our way of life closer to being sustainable.
Many people would rather deny these changes because this is going to impact their life to some degree. They apparently would rather push the problem off on future generations and in the process make the problem even more grave.
Too many of us have the attitude that, I want mine and the heck with everyone and everything else.
Change can be a beautiful thing.
Would also like to agree with Bob Shavelson. It's irresponsible to have the oil storage facility where it is in the path of the volcanoe snow melt. It could ruin Cook Inlet. To this day I can walk the beaches on Montague Island and wipe Exxon Valdez tar off my boots.

Posted by EW Zuber, Sterling, Alaska April 13, 09 05:25 PM

I can watch these eruptions through my kitchen window!! They are beautiful and I am glad everyone is enjoying them. Enough with the political garble and just enjoy the beauty of these events, and since these volcano's have been erupting since anyone can remember than I am going to go with the idea that global warming or people shouldn't be taking credit for such a magnificent sequence of events!!

Posted by ASegura Kenai AK April 13, 09 06:18 PM

Breathtaking to see God and mother natures work. He is quite the artist and entertainer

Posted by Anonymous April 13, 09 09:53 PM

Has anyone considered that Global Warming may be coming from the inside-out?

Posted by Jim April 13, 09 10:31 PM

These pictures are awe-inspiring, beautiful, and fascinating. Whew, "ice pistons". Who knew?

Posted by Linda in Bisbee, AZ April 13, 09 11:24 PM

They are all very impressive! I
Did anyone notice that picture 27 looks like a MALE angel?

Posted by Jan April 14, 09 01:46 AM

Why say anything at all? Just view and wonder, become curious. Read up on facts about different types of eruptions. Don't let lay comments influence your own thoughts. Mike Martinez, Inver Grove Heights, Mn.

Posted by Mike Martinez April 14, 09 02:20 AM

For all you nimrods that resort to spewing/defending your political viewpoints on threads as these are pretty pathetic. This is nothing more than an anomymous bathroom wall.

Posted by Obama's Mama April 14, 09 02:23 AM



Posted by Gordon Booth April 14, 09 07:42 AM

Wasilla Girl You Rock ! ! !
I am coming to Alaska in June. If I knew who you were, I would buy your lunch.
These photos are awesome and it clearly indicates there is a power greater than us mere mortals that we cannot control despite our egotistic attempts to do so.
Kudos to the photogs.

Posted by Segundo April 14, 09 08:22 AM

Just because an idea or theory is written in a book or found using Google doesn’t mean it is true and/or accurate. As #159 stated, it's all just opinion.
Nice Images.

Posted by Michael April 14, 09 09:25 AM

Awesome pictures, and picture number 1 will be my computer background....And I also enjoyed all the comments pro and con. Gives us all food for thought. And isn't it also wonderful that no one will be knocking on your door in the middle of the night because you may have an opposing opinion. God Bless America

Posted by Bill McGaha April 14, 09 11:52 AM

These images are fantastic. Most of the posts are well thought out or just plain complimentary of the photos and the people who took them. The posts regarding global warming on both sides should keep one thought in your mind. "For man to think he can destroy earth is very arrogant". Earth will survive long after man is gone. No one has been able to reign in any weather phenomonon, change their course or stop them in any way. Volcanoes will erupt, hurricanes will roll through the ocean and come ashore, tornados will form and do their damage and there is not one thing man can do other than watch, monitor and warn. Why must man be so arrogant to think he can change nature and make others believe he can? I'm sure I'll be called a nut case or worse for my time on the soap box however, that's the beauty of these blogs, I can say what I feel just like everyone else. In the mean time, these photos are breathtaking, witness the power of mother nature.

To the person who stated nature sucked, you are just s*%t out of luck.

Posted by Jim Churchill, Pensacola, Fl. April 14, 09 12:12 PM

those were awesome pictures.

Posted by Alice Daly April 14, 09 01:54 PM

I don't watch SNL, but I understand that it was Tina Fey while pretending to be Sarah Palin who said "I can see Russia from my front porch" or words to that effect. Now EVERYONE assumes it was MS Palin who said it.
I recently saw a documentary on the volcanic activity under Yellowstone NP. There is a weak/shallow spot in the mantel under it which causes a Krakatoa type volcanic explosion about every 300,000 (or maybe it was 600,000) years and it has been been 30,000 years more than that; earthquake activity has been picking up; and the area has pushed up several inches recently (as in months). A great photo op (for the completely insance.

Posted by Robin Grimes of MaAdoo, PA April 14, 09 03:14 PM

Awesome photos! I lived in Alaska for 14 years, I was there the last time it erupted real big.

Posted by Jen Palmer April 14, 09 03:20 PM

No, #31. You are the idiot. Read some Geology. Mainly, end- Permian extinction
events involving large scale valcanic activity. If Al Gore can really, substantiate
his claims with science, he would debate the real climatologists; only
someone unsure of his data fears open debate . Only someone betting on
left wing economic policy and support from an uneducated public sets up
to make carbon credit profits. The U.S. is suffering from suppression of
true scientific debate and a big population of uneducated policy fascists.

Posted by Michael Carlisle April 14, 09 03:57 PM

These were sent to me by my cousin in Texas.

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Posted by ADRIANA BRANDI April 14, 09 07:56 PM

Thank you for the wonderful photos, they're truly amazing! I also appreciate the explanations, as in what 'lahar' is [my new screen name, :) and the different angles and times the pictures were taken. I'll now go look up volcanoes, as in my inexcusable ignorance i didn't even know there were live ones in alaska.

I just wish i hadn't started to read the comments....

Posted by marjaana April 14, 09 08:51 PM

Thanks for sharing. God's beauty is awe inspiring.


Posted by judy davis burleson April 14, 09 10:02 PM

Whoa! Did #177 ever put it on # 31's pinhead!

Posted by V. Price April 14, 09 10:52 PM

Beautiful photos....
as to the rest Blah blah blah

Posted by unknown April 15, 09 12:42 AM

the pictures was breath taking.

Posted by marian hicks April 15, 09 01:04 AM

Wow! The lightning was absolutely amazing! I am in complete awe of what God can do. Just think of it as a natural fire works show from God himself. Stop fighting and just enjoy the pictures! Have a great day!

Posted by MommaBethX3 April 15, 09 01:51 AM

Magnificent photos-thanks for sharing and the comment, too, by the photographer whose work appeared in National Geographic. It's always good to have another source with which to refer.
These photos reminded me of footage a friend of my uncle's shared, in the latter's home, of the volcanic eruption he filmed in Hawaiian Islands(don't recall year, but it was over 50 yrs ago). The former said the heat was so great they had to fly over a mile above the spewing debris-striking photos of strength and devastation.
People might be interested in websites which list and show photos of active volcanoes and list their attributes including last eruptions-fascinating.

Posted by Char Johnson April 15, 09 12:38 PM

I am amazed at how many of these commentaries relate to the issue of "Climate
Change". It tells me once again that at the very least, the issue has penetrated many minds (believers or otherwise). To those that believe the research
to resolve this issue should not be done with their dollar, it amazes me even more
to discover that there are still those who would not air on the safe side for our children and theirs and simply change a light bulb or lessen your travel or recycle
or turn off light switch...etc. It has been this type of self-caring greed that has gotten us where we are today. Greed and like virtues devour their own container.

Posted by Richard Miller Mangarin April 15, 09 02:48 PM

I love the photo thank God for all that he gave us here on this earth.God know what he is doing he is coming soon.

Posted by mary j saul April 15, 09 05:22 PM

What extraordinary images. The magnitude of such an event dwarfs the human organism and its abstractions. But then it's those pesky abstractions than created the technology that made the images possible so I could spin more abstractions…whatdayagonnado…praise Allah!

Posted by bruce riley, esq. April 15, 09 07:17 PM

Beautiful indeed! Lived in Alaska for 20 years, now in Oregon. Still miss it!

Posted by Linda Thornton April 15, 09 08:11 PM

Mother Nature .... name it GOD .... Has incredible ways to reflect it's universal, unquestionable, unmatched & unmitigated POWER, strength & beauty. This is one of the several reminders to us humans, who forget that LORD in fulfilling our personal requests & desires. Thank you.

Posted by Binod Khaitan April 15, 09 09:22 PM

Mother nature taking care of herself.
When valcanos and earth quakes stop.
So will mankind.
Gravity causing the crust of the earth to compact, causing the heat inside the globe which regulates life on the surface.
Wonderful blow out of over pressure. Nature regulating itself. What a wonderful earth we live on.
Global warming has nothing to do with this. It is the way the earth has been for Billions of years. Works pretty good doesnt it.

Posted by Kermit April 15, 09 10:21 PM

Spectacular photos! Thank you for sharing these amazing shots. What spoils the commentary are those few who can't avoid making it political, referring to Tina Fey's famous SNL line, "I can see Russia from my house". What Sarah Palin really said (look up the video) was, "They're our next door neighbors. You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska." If you go to Wales, AK (check it out on Google Earth) you will see the proximity. Palin as AK's Governor has to deal with trade agreements, maritime security, coastline protection, overflight issues, and a host of other border-nation problems other US Governors don't have to deal with. Palin is no longer running. We have a new administration. Please stop the mean-spirited attacks and use that pent-up negative energy for something productive. At least check your facts before blathering. Relax. Enjoy the photos. Appreciate life.

Posted by Katherine April 15, 09 11:19 PM

Pictures are truly awesome! I must thank my Alaskan friend who sent this url to me so I could marvel at nature's artistry.

Posted by Marilyn from Michigan April 16, 09 02:03 AM

Beautiful pics!

Posted by Brenda April 16, 09 09:40 AM

Wow........great pictures, hope there aren't any injuries. I'm surprised at the political commentary on something so interesting. Why do most liberals always stay so angry, even when they're in control of the system?? Besides, if nobody truly knows what global warming may bring, we may be giving our great grandkids a hugh Hawaiian environment!!..........( if you're gonna 'dream', might as well dream big).

Posted by Greig Nakamoto April 16, 09 09:55 AM

Fabulous pictures! I got a kick out of the political bickering. It woul be interesting to compare all of the comments in ten years and see what really happened. There's nothing new under the sun.

Posted by addamsmama April 16, 09 11:04 AM

This is another example of the fact that we are in between Ice Ages when we can expect to see some Global Warming not caused by former politicians. Look around you and you can find numerous examples of former Ice Ages that have come and gone over earth's life and can be expected to continue regardless of what man does or does not do.

Posted by Jack W Williams April 16, 09 12:29 PM

Awesome! The power of God is truly awesome to see. I just wish everyone would just enjoy the photos and get off their sorry soap boxes.
To the photographers, Good Job, ans Thank you.

Posted by Sandra Heidemann April 16, 09 12:40 PM

To Tony (#24): "The stupid part" is declaring as fact something you don't know, then later using yourself as a reference to 'prove' your unsubstantiated point. Why bother having an opinion at all if you aren't interested enough in the subject matter to gather some actual information? As one reader pointed out a quick Google search makes for a good start! I'd like to thank the author of comment #37 (and others) for introducing some factual knowledge. This ought not be a theological question where one is entitled to arbitrarily choose one's system of belief, but a scientific issue deserving of study and analysis. And it seems unlikely you can change the recipe of the soup without changing the soup. Now, these are great pictures indeed, but if you see in these great beauty and the work of God you aren't likely reflecting, for example, the opinions of people buried alive in the ash of Vesuvius! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Posted by Erik Lindberg April 16, 09 12:56 PM

Awesome pics--forget the politics & enjoy what God has displayed!

Posted by Charlie April 16, 09 05:01 PM
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