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Volcanic Eruptions and Earth’s Energy Budget

Posted by edro on June 15, 2009

Sarychev Peak a Russian Volcano in Matua Island, central Kurils,  spewed  two ash plumes

sarychev Peak june 14 UTC
Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead at 2:10 p.m. local time (2:10 a.m. UTC). The volcano had apparently produced a high-altitude ash plume. In this photo-like image, the brown ash plume forms a circular opaque cloud immediately southwest of Ostrov Matua, casting a large shadow to the north. Farther away from the summit, thinner ash plumes mingle with clouds. Clouds and ash swirl in von Karman vortices west of the volcanic island. The red outline along the ash cloud’s edge indicates a hotspot of high surface temperature resulting from volcanic activity. NASA image courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.

For more information see:

In the Majestic Earth’s Service: Sarychev Peak Spews Two Plumes of Ash, Helping to Balance Earth’s Energy Budget

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